33rd Annual Industrial and Employment Relations Summit (IER)
Leading a modernised workforce in time of change and reform
Conducting a sufficient investigation particularly with respect to harassment & discrimination complaints4 March 2019 || 1.30pm-5.00pm
Investigations represent an opportunity to deal with significant employment issues but also present a significant risk to both you and employees if conducted incorrectly. With significant increases in complaints likely in an environment of heightened awareness post-Weinstein, this workshop gives you practical lessons on how to conduct a proper and thorough investigation with insight and sensitivity, avoiding making a costly mistake during the process
- What constitutes “sufficient investigation” in the eyes of the Employment Court and what scope and detail do you need?
- A step-by-step guide to putting together an employee investigation - Special considerations in conducting an investigation over sensitive claims - Special protections for both the complainant and employees involved in the investigation
- Developing questioning skills and conducting interviews
- Taking things seriously? What constitutes the subject matter of a complaint – when is a threshold to act reached?
- How to walk the minefield of conflicting information and misleading answers
- Avoiding wasting time in the investigations process
- Consulting with staff and adequately explaining the situation - Balancing need to know vs privacy considerations
- Managing the rights and expectations of all parties involved
- Looking at and learning from recent case law - where have employers gone wrong with employee investigations
- Concluding and communicating the investigation
Strategic processes for restructure and redeployment processes4 March 2019 || 9.00am - 12.30pm
With pressures to align business strategies alongside a modernised workforce and digital future, businesses are challenged with the need to restructure. However, redundancies should be the last resort for businesses going through brave change. An effective approach for organisational restructure is to reduce risk and retain talent is to redeploy staff. In this class gain in-depth knowledge on the processes to manage transitions and minimise risk.
- Defining business objectives for the change and transition
- Developing consultation processes
- Highlighting the nature of new role and working collaboratively with staff
- Managing employee grievances and conflict of interest during selection process
- Avoiding pitfalls and dealing with risk