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Bullying in the Workplace Anti Corruption Consultants Blog
Sexual Harassment
Mick Symons

Bullying in the Workplace

Bullying in the Workplace – An In Depth Overview Not so long ago bullying in the workplace was seen as a sport in some Australian work places. Employees were subjected to “pranks” disguised as initiation rites. These varied from physical abuse to mental abuse to ridiculing employees. These pranks should no longer be tolerated! However,

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Fraud
Mick Symons

What is Fraud?

What is Fraud? Fraud occurs when a person misleads another person by word, actions, or document/s for that person to improperly benefit the person engaging in the fraudulent activity or to another person. It is formally defined by the Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre as an action that dishonestly obtaining a benefit, or causing a loss,

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ACCA Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Sexual Harassment
Mick Symons

Sexual Harassment Equals a Touch

Is a “brief” intentional touch on the backside of an employee enough for dismissal? Westpac employees attended a “sundowner” event after a professional development day. Attendance was voluntary – employees were not paid. During the evening, a long-standing senior manager briefly touched an female colleague’s backside. CCTV captured the incident.  The company held an internal

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ACCA Risk Assessment The Hidden Threat
Conflict of Interest
Mick Symons

The Hidden Threat

The Importance of Having a Conflict on Interest Policy Most people do not appreciate the complexities of a conflict of interest. The conflict can affect many business decisions. Can you hire a relative? Can I buy goods from my best friend? Can I retain the services of my wife’s brother? “Yes” can be the answer

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Legal Professional Privilege – Workplace Investigation Blog Post
Workplace Investigation
Mick Symons

Legal Professional Privilege – Workplace Investigation

If a legal firm conducts a workplace investigation, does that investigation attract legal professional privilege? The Fair Work Commission recently considered this matter in Gaynor King [2018] FWC 6006 (26 September 2018). This matter related to allegations of bullying in the City of Darwin (Council). The Council retained Minter Ellison to conduct the investigation into

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When Employers Fail – The Discipline Process
Code of Conduct
Mick Symons

When Employers Fail – The Discipline Process

How Should Employers Respond to Misconduct Allegations? Employers must act appropriately when investigating allegations of misconduct. The application of procedural fairness is essential when conducting such investigations. Case Study Example The Fair Work Commission examined this concept in Deng v Westpac Banking Corporation (30/11/18). Mr Deng was, at the relevant time, employed as a Mobile

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