Q: What are the most common claims brought by employees against a business?
The four most common claims made by employees against employers are:
- Unfair dismissal
- General protections – a claim in which the employee claims they have been adversely affected because of a protected circumstance such as their age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy status or the exercise of a workplace right.
- Bullying/Harassment claims; and,
- Underpayment claims
Q: What can I do to minimise or prevent claims against my business?
It is important to adopt a best practice approach to workplace relations and work, health and safety within your business. This has been proven to be the most effective way to minimise claims against your business.
In relation to the above claims, the best training to organise is as follows:
- Unfair Dismissals – IR/HR training for your managers
- General Protections – ‘tough talks’ training for your managers
- Bullying/Harassment – Bullying and Harassment Training for all employees
- Underpayment Claims – Payroll training for payroll or accounts officers
Q: How can I adopt a ‘best practice approach’ in my business?
Adopting a best practice approach in your business can be difficult. The main challenges that businesses face are understanding their obligations and finding the time to develop the tools and resources needed to implement a best practice approach.
The quickest and easiest method to be ready to adopt a best practice approach is to attend relevant training and ask an expert to develop the tools you need for your business.
The MTA delivers training in workshop style seminars, at the end of which we provide Members with the tools necessary to implement what they have learned in their business immediately.
Q: Is training essential in my business?
Yes, the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA), the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) and the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (Cth) require businesses to undertake annual training for their employees in order to discharge their statutory obligations. If a business does not undertake annual training for their employees and a claim arises under one of these Acts, then the business will usually be found to be at fault for the incident.
Hefty fines apply for breaching the above Acts.
Q: Training is costly and takes a long time, what can I do?
If you require training, the quickest and cheapest option available to Members is to utilise the MTA’s workplace relations training. You can view our training calendar on our website or if you would like us to work around your schedule, training can be delivered on your site.
Q: My business is in a regional location, can I still organise on-site training?
Yes, the MTA’s workplace relations team is more than willing to travel to your area. All that is required is that 8 or more attendees are able to make the training session. Not all attendees need to be from your business and it can be a very rewarding and inexpensive training session if multiple businesses in an area attend.
If you need assistance with any of the above, please contact the MTA’s Workplace Relations team by clicking here or by calling us on 8291 2000.