When faced with a bullying or sexual harassment complaint, it is usually a sign that something has gone seriously wrong and an appropriate outcome is expected. This creates the pressure to act quickly and effectively both within and outside of the organisation. Scrutiny by the workplace, courts/tribunals and the media of the actual organisational response has never been as immediate, rigourous and complex. Organisationally, industrially and operationally, the stakes are high.
Responding to and managing bullying and sexual harassment complaints through to an investigation requires a special skill set. Too often, those required to manage such processes and outcomes are ill-equipped to do so having had no practical experience of both the emotional and technical difficulty of handling such processes.
This training provides participants with the ability to practically apply a hypothetical scenario (based on current case law) from start to finish, including the provision of: letters, process documents (which participants will tailor for their own organisational requirements throughout the training), and a role-play under the guidance of experienced senior lawyers to test implementation throughout the training. The focus will be upon creating a 'real-life experience' for participants so that they can apply the practical realities of this challenging set of circumstances to their own workplace should the need arise in the future.
David is a co-founder of Edge Legal. He has particular expertise in industrial relations and safety. David’s advice has a real practical edge to it drawn from experience in various senior executive management roles in the telecommunications, franchising and agriculture industries – even leading one organisation to a National Finalist and Joint State Winner of the
Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) People Management Awards.
David fundamentally understands the IR system from an employer perspective, having been
the Chief Workplace Relations Officer of a peak Employer Organisation where he delivered
training to businesses on behalf of the Federal Government following the introduction of the
Fair Work Act. He has been instrumental in enterprise bargaining strategy, particularly in
organisations with workforces over 500 people and multiple Unions.
Rod is a co-founder of Edge Legal and has particular expertise in people
management issues, industrial disputes and advocacy. Prior to Edge Legal,
Rod was the group head of an Employment & Safety Group in a mid-tier
firm for 10 years. He also previously worked in a top tier law firm and as a
Consultant providing on-site services in the mining industry. This complemented
a background in workers compensation law.
"I learned a lot from this workshop. David's comprehensive overview of the topic really helped to break down and identify the action/s required to deal with workplace issues."
- Human Resources Coordinator, Australian Rail Track Corporation