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Sexual harassment in local government – takeaways from the recent VAGO report

Posted by Mar 10, 2021

As a consequence of the current public discussion regarding sexual harassment in the workplace, many organisations are reviewing their policies, particularly relating to complaint handling. Those in the local government sector can gain further insight from the recent Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) report published late last year. The shortcomings identified by VAGO in the […]

Office space – looking to the future

Posted by Mar 2, 2021

@newyorker journalist John Seabrook asks the question whether the pandemic has transformed the office forever. He summarises the existential questions as “What’s an office for? Is it a place for newbies to learn from experienced colleagues? A way for bosses to oversee shirkers? A platform for collaboration? A source of friends and social life? A […]

Preparing for Coronavirus in the workplace – key questions for employers

Posted by Mar 3, 2020

Organisations across Australia are currently preparing for, and dealing with, the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Coronavirus). According to experts, it is a question of when, not if, a pandemic will be declared and the Australian Government has already triggered its emergency response plan. A pandemic, according to the World Health Organisation, is the worldwide spread […]

‘Tis the Season

Posted by Dec 12, 2019

It is the that time of year again when organisations send out their reminders to managers and staff (sometimes separately) about the expectations of appropriate behaviour at work related Christmas parties and events.  Occasions when, inevitably, there is someone who becomes just that little bit too relaxed and perhaps even uninhibited, under the spell of […]

Wrap up: the Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference

Posted by Nov 8, 2019

The Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference (APSACC) last week offered a wide programme of speakers and accordingly attracted a large audience. The recent changes to whistleblower laws meant that APSACC was of particular interest this year to those who work on integrity matters in the public and private sectors. Whistleblower protections are attracting great interest […]

Best practice whistleblowing practices – learnings from the APSAC conference

Posted by Nov 6, 2019

Last week I attended the 7th Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference. Given the  changes to the private sector whistleblowing legislation this year, I was particularly interested in the two sessions regarding the risks and best practice for managing whistleblowing complaints. First up was Professor A J Brown and Ms Jane Olson who are two of […]

Insight: investigating sexual harassment in the US entertainment industry

Posted by Oct 18, 2019

This week Justitia was fortunate to host the Australasian Association of Workplace Investigators’ (AAWI) Melbourne Local Circle for a presentation by visiting US workplace investigator, Michael Robbins. Michael practised as a labour and employment lawyer for over 20 years before establishing EXTTI (Expert Testimony Training Investigations). He is a highly credentialed workplace investigator with particular […]

Accommodating cultural diversity during an investigation

Posted by Sep 10, 2019

Despite living in a multi-cultural society, we do not always adequately take stock of the impact of our customs and practices on those who were not raised in Australia, who may not have been raised in a first-world country, or who do not speak English as a first language. Grappling with bureaucratic and legalistic processes […]

Justitia Lawyers and Consultants Announces the Appointment of Two New Partners!

Posted by Jun 19, 2019

We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new partners at Justitia: Magda Marciniak and Melissa Scadden. The appointments will be effective from 1 July 2019. Magda Marciniak advises clients primarily in local government and State government agencies and has worked with them for many years, forging strong and supportive client/advisor relationships. Magda leads […]

Face-to-face training in the age of #MeToo – a luxury or an opportunity?

Posted by May 28, 2019

Earlier this year, the International Bar Association and the Women Lawyers Association of NSW made a joint submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces (the Inquiry). The submission made for a sober read. It is a reminder that the legal profession – like many other professions and […]