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IR Simplified Podcast
5 minutes | Mar 26, 2019
81: No more mushrooms
This episode of the IR Simplified podcast is devoted to no longer treating employees as mushrooms.
13 minutes | Mar 20, 2019
80: Communication is the key
In this episode of the IR Simplified podcast I talk about communication, and why it should be at the top of the list for those who want to simplify industrial relations.
10 minutes | Mar 5, 2019
Tips On How To Simplfy Industrial Relations
In episode 79 of the IR Simplified Podcast, I share the first of many tips on how to simplify industrial relations in your workplace regardless of your role.
14 minutes | Feb 3, 2019
Privacy of staff records for domestic violence leave, finger print dismissal appeal, and more
In episode 78 of the IR Simplified podcast I share my thoughts on the following.Employers need to be aware of the privacy requirements for the staff records of this who take domestic violence leave.That Thales Marine has shown no faith in their managers by implementing a paid domestic violence leave clause in a proposed Enterprise Agreement with the AMWU.Good news, sort of, on the privacy front with the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission granting permission to appeal the employee who had their unfair dismissal application dismissed for refusing to use a biometric scanner to sign on/offAnd finally, I talk a bit about the FWO Federal Circuit Court case against a Qld employer using the new reverse onus of proof laws.Links mentioned:LinkedIn post about privacy and domestic violence leaveBrisbane Times article (Also mentions Thales Marine Division proposed enterprise agreement)Fair Work Commission Full Bench decision (Appeal of unfair dismissal decision)Fair Work Ombudsman media release reverse owns of proof court case
36 minutes | Jan 27, 2019
Bullying and Harassment, Sacked for sleeping on a break, workplace investigation tips, and Q & A about first aiders in the workplace.
Bullying and Harassment, Sacked for sleeping on a break, workplace investigation tips, and Q & A about first aiders in the workplace.In episode 77 of the IR Simplified podcast, I add a few more thoughts and comments to a recent LinkedIn update of mine about workplace bullying and harassment.Then there is the news that two employees were sacked for sleeping during their break.I also share a few things that those conducting a workplace investigation should remember.The episode ends with a short Q and A about first aiders in the workplace.Links mentioned:LinkedIn update: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6493254027466412032Sacked for napping on an unpaid break: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/fair-work-to-decide-if-you-can-be-sacked-for-a-nap-on-your-unpaid-break-20190121-p50smu.htmlThings to remember when conducting a workplace investigation: https://irsimplified.com.au/7-simple-but-important-things-to-remember-about-workplace-investigations/Q & A: First aiders in the workplace: https://irsimplified.com.au/qa-first-aiders-in-the-workplace/
21 minutes | Jan 20, 2019
Swearing In The Workplace and that "natural padding" comment
In episode 76 of the IR Simplified podcast, I share my thoughts on swearing in the workplace.While some language may be inappropriate, should we really be getting upset about it.What if we became a bit more resilient and understood that sometimes people use bad language?After that I share my thoughts on the “extra padding” comment that lead to someone’s termination, and unsuccessful unfair dismissal application.Links mentioned:Umpire rules worker fairly sacked over ‘extra padding’ commentThe truth about why we swearSwearing Is Scientifically Proven to Help You *%$!ing DealWhy Do We Swear?
8 minutes | Jan 6, 2019
Welcome To 2019
Episode 75 of the IR Simplified Podcast is a short one.With 2019 being an election year, and a change of government predicted, now is the time to prepare for what might be coming.For example, make sure your casuals, are genuine casual employees.It might also pay to get another enterprise agreement locked in place sooner rather than later.
18 minutes | Dec 2, 2018
74: Flexible Work Arrangements, 'Experts' With An Agenda, Union Relevancy, FWC And Biometrics
In this episode of the IR Simplified podcast I talk about the following:The FWC's Model Term for flexible work arrangements, which commenced on 01 December 2018More scaremongering from an "expert", and why do we put up with it.Does a 1% drop in Union membership mean that Unions are no longer relevant?The FWC's decision to dismiss an unfair dismissal application by an employee who was sacked for not wanting his fingerprint used for clocking on/off.
24 minutes | Nov 18, 2018
To Record or Not To Record. Digging Deeper in Being Union Free
n episode 73 of the IR Simplified Podcast I talk some more about my recent article on recording workplace investigation meetings.I also talk some more about workplaces going union free.
13 minutes | Nov 4, 2018
Casuals, and Union Free In 28 Days
In this episode of the IR Simplified podcast, we delve into the Scene v Workpac decision.Then moving on to the “Union Free in 28 Days” series that I am posting on LinkedIn.The first post is, “[Union Free in 28 Days - Prelaunch](https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/union-free-28-days-pre-launch-cameron-blewett/)”
17 minutes | Jun 22, 2018
71: Financial Stress In Employees, Unconventional Guide Follow On, and more
In this episode of the IR Simplified Podcast, I talk about an article in the Brisbane Times titled, "Your employees’ money worries are also your own"; I add a bit of an addendum to Wednesday's article "The Unconventional Guide To Industrial Relations", and talk about the hypocrisy of the ALP's penalty rates campaign.
17 minutes | Jun 16, 2018
70: Tips To Help The New Business Owner
In this episode of the IR Simplified Podcast, I share with you some of my tips on how new business owners can simplify industrial relations, and stay on the right side of the Fair Work Act.They are:#1 - National Employment Standards (NES)#2 - Find out which Modern Award covers your business#3 - Keep the lines of communication open. Find out what is niggling your employees before they come to you to complain about it.#4 - Seek help. If you don't know how to do something, seek help. Even if that help comes from an industry or business group.Links Mentioned:Fair Work Information StatementFWO - National Employment StandardsFWO's Pay And Conditions Tool (P.A.C.T.)Show Notes can be found at IRSimplified.com.au/episode70
21 minutes | Jun 8, 2018
69: 3.5% Pay Increase To Modern Awards, and Spending More Just To Be Right
In episode 69 of the IR Simplified podcast, I cover the following:* The decision by the Fair Work Commission to lift the Minimum Adult wage by 3.5%* Why some businesses have fallen into the trap of the IR Club, and want to be right at any cost.
14 minutes | May 10, 2018
68: I'm back to basics for this podcast; pet care leave
This is a back to basics podcast.No intro, outro, or segues.Just straight into it.Today, it's about "pet care leave".As always, more info on this is located at IRSimplified.com.au/episode68
28 minutes | Mar 25, 2018
67: Cost or value; sacked for not being vegan, ACTU's "change the rules" campaign.
In this episode I ask the question, as a consumer, does price or value influence your decision more?talk about, a recent media report of an overseas employee who was fired for not being vegan.And, share my thoughts on the “change the rules” campaign by the ACTU.Show notes for this episode can be found at https://IRSimplified.com.au/episode67
33 minutes | Mar 18, 2018
66: Annual Wage Increase, Internships, How Can We
In this episode, I'll be talking about the annual discussion on wages increases.Internships,Asking the question how we can fix HR at the coal face,Thoughts on a suggestion that HR and Marketing are “kindred spirits”And an observation from my travels and experience in IR Land.As usual, the show notes for this episode can be found at IRSimplified.com.au/episode66
31 minutes | Mar 13, 2018
65: The CFMMEU (a super union), Pharmacists Writing "sick notes" And More
In this episode, I'll be talking about the planned creation of a “super union”. The CFMMEUMedical certificates being provided by Chemists. (again).An interesting bit from reading about Henry Ford and ForlandiaAnd finally a bit of a talk about bullying and harassment.The show notes for this episode can be found at IRSimplified.com.au/episode65
33 minutes | Mar 4, 2018
64: Are Enterprise Agreements Dead And Buried?, Recording Workplace Investigations, and Why We Must Break Unions
In episode 64 of the IR Simplified podcast, I talk about the following:Enterprise agreements. Are they really dead, or have we failed to use them to their fullest potential?Workplace Investigations. Should the investigator use a tape recorder?And...Why we as business owners MUST break the unions,Show notes and links can be found at IRSimplified.com.au/episode64
31 minutes | Feb 26, 2018
63: No sex for pollies, Hubspot's thoughts on PIPs, and more
In this episode we will be jumping between the sheets and talking about the bonking ban that PM Turnbull has implemented.I also share my thoughts on the following:A recent article in “the conversation” titled "A new definition of ‘worker’ could protect many from exploitation"A LinkedIn Update by Tracy Spicer where she asked for thoughts on possible legislative changes to reduce sexual harassment/indecent assault in the Australian workplace.An article by the Sales software service Hubspot on how to respond to a pip.And finally, burn through the marketing spin that the fair work act is confusing.You can find the links and more notes on this episode at https://IRSimplified.com.au/episode63
24 minutes | Feb 11, 2018
62: Industrial Action, ACTU, and Sex
In this episode of the IR Simplified Podcast, I talk about the following things.* Protected Industrial Action, and why strikes don't belong in today's work environment.* The ACTU's campaign for casuals, enterprise agreements and industrial action.* Sex between pollies and their staff.
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