Gender and firmographic effects in unfair dismissal arbitration

Southey, Kim and Innes, Peter (2010) Gender and firmographic effects in unfair dismissal arbitration. In: 10th Annual Pacific Employment Relations Association Conference, 15-18 Nov 2010, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia.

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Abstract

This study involved the analysis of 935 unfair dismissal arbitration decisions of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission from 2000 to 2005. It explores whether gender effects were present in the arbitration decisions, and whether dismissed employees received different arbitration decisions according to firmographic factors of industry sector, size of firm, occupational skill and HR expertise. The study shows major findings supporting the role of HR expertise in lowering the favourability towards grievants. In terms of gender effects a logistic regression analysis suggests two interesting effects, aligned with bivariate analysis, which suggested male arbitrators were associated with favourable decisions toward female workers and female arbitrators were associated with favourable decisions toward low skilled grievants. Such findings support our typology which positions male arbitrators as paternalistic and chivalrous, and female arbitrators as path breaking. These findings have implications for HR/IR professionals, unions, industry bodies and government policy and legislation in terms of how we manage sections of our workforce and protect vulnerable workers.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit.
Depositing User: Mrs Kim Southey
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2011 04:17
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2014 01:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: arbitration, unfair dismissal, gender, industry
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150306 Industrial Relations
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150314 Small Business Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910401 Industrial Relations
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940501 Employment Patterns and Change
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18621

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