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Video: 6. JobKeeper-How do I approach employees to reduce pay or hours if we don’t qualify for JobKeeper?

Claire Harrison, Founder and Managing Director of HR consulting and outsourcing company, Harrison Human Resources has recorded a series of short 2-minute videos on how to navigate JobKeeper and other options to reduce employee costs during this difficult time of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and economic recession. Q6. How do I approach employees to reduce pay or …

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Video: 5. JobKeeper-What are the other new provisions of the Fair Work Act for qualifying JobKeeper employer?

Claire Harrison, Founder and Managing Director of HR consulting and outsourcing company, Harrison Human Resources has recorded a series of short 2-minute videos on how to navigate JobKeeper and other options to reduce employee costs during this difficult time of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and economic recession. Q5 What are the other new provisions of the Fair …

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Video: 4. JobKeeper-What are the JobKeeper Enabled Change of Duties and Location Directions?

Claire Harrison, Founder and Managing Director of HR consulting and outsourcing company, Harrison Human Resources has recorded a series of short 2-minute videos on how to navigate JobKeeper and other options to reduce employee costs during this difficult time of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and economic recession. Q4. What are the JobKeeper Enabling Change of Duties and …

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Video: 3. JobKeeper-What is the JobKeeper Enabling Stand Down Direction?

Claire Harrison, Founder and Managing Director of HR consulting and outsourcing company, Harrison Human Resources has recorded a series of short 2-minute videos on how to navigate JobKeeper and other options to reduce employee costs during this difficult time of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and economic recession. Q3 What is the JobKeeper Enabling Stand Down Direction?   …

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Video: 2. JobKeeper-What are the specific JobKeeper options to reduce employee costs?

Claire Harrison, Founder and Managing Director of HR consulting and outsourcing company, Harrison Human Resources has recorded a series of short 2-minute videos on how to navigate JobKeeper and other options to reduce employee costs during this difficult time of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and economic recession. Q2 What are the specific JobKeeper options to reduce employee …

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Video: 1. JobKeeper-What are my options to reduce employee costs?

Claire Harrison, Founder and Managing Director of HR consulting and outsourcing company, Harrison Human Resources has recorded a series of short 2-minute videos on how to navigate JobKeeper and other options to reduce employee costs during this difficult time of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and economic recession. Q1 What are my options to reduce employee costs?   …

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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Guide for Employers

COVID-19 continues to spread across the world with increasing case numbers in a growing number of countries on several continents. As at 9 March 2020 there had been 109,577 confirmed cases and 3,809 deaths, with 25 per cent of cases and 18 per cent of deaths outside of mainland China. Importantly, COVID-19 has now spread to cover 104 countries. Download Coronavirus Employee …

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Video: HR tips on leading through covid-19 & recession

Last week Claire Harrison, Founder and Managing Director of HR consulting and outsourcing company, Harrison Human Resources presented on the topic of Wrangling Your Small Business Team (during Coronavirus and economic recession) to a group of small and medium sized business leaders and here is the video of the presentation. Claire founded Harrison Human Resources …

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How to recognise and address mental health issues in the workplace

Mental health is an ongoing and prevalent health concern within Australia and this is being reflected in our workplaces.  In fact, one in five Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any given year. The most common mental illnesses are depression, anxiety, bi-polar and substance use disorder. It is estimated that untreated mental health …

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WorkPac v Skene Case: Can casual employees claim annual leave entitlements?

Typically, casual employees are not entitled to such things as paid annual, personal or compassionate leave.  Instead, they receive a loading to compensate for the absence of those and other entitlements of permanent employment. You may or may not have heard mention of the WorkPac v Skene case recently. It has certainly caused a stir in regard …

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Minimum Wage and Modern Award Wages Increase by 3% – 2019 Decision

On 30 May 2019 the Fair Work Commission handed down its decision regarding an increase to the National Minimum Wage. The Commission determined that it was appropriate to increase the minimum wage by 3%. The national minimum wage will increase to $740.80 per week, or $19.49 per hour. This constitutes an increase of $21.60 per …

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Here’s what you need to know about the changes to casual conversions

Our workforce has become increasingly “casualised” in recent years. In fact, over two million people are now employed casually in Australia. Casual workers are entitled to some, but not all of the benefits given to part-time and full-time workers. The trade off for a higher rate of pay (casual loading) is that they forgo paid …

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2018 Wage Increase Decision from Fair Work Commission

The Fair Work Commission recently handed down its annual decision on the new national minimum wage to begin 1 July 2018. What do you need to do? Ensure you know the industrial instrument (modern award/agreement/award-free) and classification levels of each employee. Just because you pay them above the award rate does not mean that they …

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6 Ways to Achieve Objective Leadership in the Workplace

Even with the highest quality of HR policies and practices, the application of these is open to subjectivity and bias.  Organisational change, recruitment, performance management and employment termination are all very important areas where objectivity is crucial to the right outcome for your business. Why Is Objectivity Important In Leadership? The reason objectivity is important …

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How to Create Positive Social Change in the Workplace

I recently attended a seminar on HR and leadership’s role in social change. One statistic really struck me: “Australian employees are losing $1.3 billion annually as a result of violence against women according to estimates.” This has stimulated my thinking about the areas where good leadership and human resource practices can influence social change as …

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Great leaders communicate, communicate and communicate

When it came to communicating with his employees, the newly appointed CEO of an accounting firm adhered to a rather tight-lipped philosophy: “Only tell them what they need to know.” He would give them swift and direct feedback when they did something wrong, but he was entirely silent when they met or exceeded his expectations. …

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Increase productivity with leadership coaching

Many elements make up the formula for employee engagement, and using one particular element in your leadership repertoire could drive your employee engagement and productivity. A national manufacturing company employing over 5,000 people saw their employee engagement increase by a massive 20% as a direct result of one program. They developed and implemented a leadership …

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How to Exercise Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

The most common attribute I have seen of all the great business leaders I have worked with and am inspired by is emotional intelligence. They have tremendous understanding of how they are perceived by others and how to adjust their approach for different people and situations. Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage …

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Single Touch Payroll

Businesses with 20+ employees on 1 April 2018 will need to update their payroll solutions to comply with Federal Government’s new single touch payroll (STP) system legislation commencing on 1 July 2018. This is also relevant for businesses with 19 employees or less; currently the reporting requirements are optional for that size employer but are …

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How to deal with long term absences of Employees

There is always a risk for employers of valued employees being unable to work for a lengthy period of time. How do you as an employer handle such situations with compassion while considering your business needs and your employees’ rights and obligations? Long term absences of employees need to be handled differently depending on whether …

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The risks of terminating employees

The greatest risk for employers in having to terminate someone’s employment is the employee disputing the termination through one of four methods of claim: Unfair Dismissal General Protections/ Adverse Actions Breach of Contract Discrimination Any of the methods of dispute can negatively impact businesses through; lost time, compensation and penalty costs (the compensation for unfair …

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How to Develop a Comprehensive Induction Process

It might come as a surprise to some, but the most likely time for employee dissatisfaction, low productivity, and turnover to occur is during the first few months of employment.   A well thought-out employee induction process will combat this and will enable your new employees to become productive members of the organisation quickly.   …

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Beware Successful Workplace Psychopaths

The superficially charming, highly ambitious employee (often leader) who pretends to listen attentively while dogmatically doing it their way and treading on whoever to achieve their ambitions. Have you worked with one of these people? Let me introduce you to the successful workplace psychopath. Often a successful corporate psychopath is described as a high-flyer with …

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Clearing the minefield of WH&S Obligations

Workplace Health and Safety obligations for businesses can be overwhelming and at times confusing. WH&S legislation differs from State to State and under legislation all people and companies who conduct a business or undertaking (PCBU) have a responsibility for WH&S. Penalties for WH&S offences are very high, and rightly so. For Category 1 offences under …

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3 leadership lessons from award-winning entrepreneurs

Last year, I met with Jane Cay of online retail success story Birdsnest to discuss her journey of entrepreneurship and people leadership. Jane was modest in her achievement of Birdsnest being included on the BRW Great Workplaces list. Birdsnest was also awarded the Online Retailing Industry Award Best Online Customer Service Winner in 2015 and …

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7 costly HR mistakes

After you’ve spent months or years establishing your business – waking up early, staying up late, squeezing your work around family and friends (or visa versa); after you’ve said no to invitations, events and getaways, and after you’ve spent hundreds, or even thousands, of your hard-earned dollars on coaches and courses and seminars so you …

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Valuable Work – Strategies for a Great Place to Work

In researching my book, The CEO Secret Guide to Managing and Motivating Employees, I interviewed Mark Middleton about the strategies Radiation Oncology Centres (ROC) used to build a great workplace culture and be awarded as a BRW Best Place to Work. Mark is a keynote speaker at our half-day business leadership event on 21 June 2016 …

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3. Mark Middleton, CEO, Icon Group

Mark Middleton is the highly-regarded CEO of Icon Group, which incorporates Icon Cancer Care, Radiation Oncology Centres (ROC), Epic Pharmacy and Slade Health. He is passionate about ensuring accessibility to world class cancer care for all Australians. In 2007, as the CEO of Radiation Oncology Centres (ROC) he led the highly successful clinical commencement of ROQ Toowoomba, repeated the success …

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Systemising Your Winning Culture for Growth

CASE STUDY – TRISTAN WHITE, THE PHYSIO CO Extract from Claire Harrison’s book, The CEO Secret Guide to Managing and Motivating Employees. Overview In 2004, The Physio Co was a single person with a vision to change seniors’ healthcare forever. In 2015, The Physio Co, with more than 100 team members and 250,000 physiotherapy consultations per …

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5 Steps to Create a Succession Plan

Succession planning is a process of identifying employees who are capable of moving into the key positions within your business. It helps to identify future capacity and capability gaps, and address professional development requirements. It enables career discussions with employees. Why Develop A Succession Plan? Succession planning ensures the ongoing sustainability of your organisation. All …

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Why Manage Performance?

There is a statement that says: “Our most valuable asset is our people”. We need to rethink that statement, and consider if instead it should be “Our most valuable asset is our quality, performing people.” Sound performance management practices enable us to have high quality staff who are performing effectively. New managers avoid having performance discussions, due …

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How to calculate your employee turnover costs

Employee turnover costs can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Depending on the size of your business, the total costs of replacing an employee varies from 30-150% of their salary. This amount represents a substantial expense for any size business. Calculating the direct costs of employee turnover is usually quite straightforward, but there are many indirect …

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Time poor? Try a recruitment and onboarding service

Not enough time to recruit that vacant position? Effective people management is an essential aspect of any growing and successful business as it involves the management of people and culture to achieve the desired organisational outcomes. Unfortunately however, many businesses lack the capacity to dedicate a number of staff to HR alone. Under such circumstances, …

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Employee Wellness Programs on a Shoestring Budget

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAMS ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET Harrison Human Resources HR Consulting Team in Brisbane Do you work in a small to medium sized business and have been given the responsibility of implementing a health and wellness program into your workplace on a very minimal budget?  You might be wondering what initiatives you can implement …

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The Big Risk of Using LinkedIn for Recruitment

s LinkedIn the ultimate business networking and recruitment tool? The use of LinkedIn for recruitment heralded the end of head hunters and the start of cheaper and more efficient in-house recruitment . The dawn of professional online networking allowed employers and recruiters to reach out and connect directly with contacts quickly and easily whenever the need arose. …

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How Do You Define Performance Management?

When staff find it hard to define performance management in a workplace, the result is an organisational culture that fails to create an engaged workforce. It’s impossible for staff to align themselves with your business’s core strategies, goals and objectives without effective feedback and communication strategies in place.   Investing time and resources into making …

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Ditch the Least Loved HR jobs – Outsource HR Nightmares!

Why should you outsource HR tasks that eat up your day? It’s 3pm and you’ve finally cleared your inbox. Does coffee count as lunch? In the next two short hours, you’ll be drafting an employment ad, finishing those performance reviews, writing policy, working on that unfair dismissal complaint, dealing with the smokers (AGAIN), researching the …

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Retain Your Top Performing Employees in 4 Easy Steps

Holding the interest of your top performing employees has never been so essential to the successful outcomes of your business. As various industries move forward, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that good people drive great companies from the ground up. There’s a special excitement that comes from hiring a top performer, something just clicks in place …

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The Secrets of Retaining Staff and Avoiding Costly Turnover

Consider the fact that each time a long time employee leaves a business, they take with them valuable knowledge and skills directly to your competitor which then leave a significant shortfall in the company. Staff turnover brings many costs to a business, and they are not all financially related. High levels of turnover that are …

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Businesses receive incentives to hire mature aged workers

The federal budget handed down last month brought a range of belt tightening measures set to impact many Australians, with the aim to bring the budget to surplus by 2024. While the cost cutting measures were condemned by many, there are a range of announcements made designed to boost the productivity of Australia’s workforce and …

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Employee Reference Checks

Reference checks are one of the best ways to verify information from a potential employee during the recruitment process, and are usually the last ‘line of defence’ before candidates are appointed to the role. Like every other HR function, a solid process will ensure that the right information is gathered from referees and what to …

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5 Areas to Address in a Workplace Social Media Policy

Cases of employees losing their jobs for careless social media postings have been well documented in the media over the last few years, and sometimes have gone before the courts. With the self-publishing nature of social media and the desire to share opinions on all sorts of issues, comes the very real possibility that something …

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Workplace bullying laws and what they mean for your business

Most employers should be aware of the new workplace bullying laws which came into effect on January 1 2014. The significant changes to the Government’s Fair Work Act (2009) means that there are many amendments to the way allegations of workplace bullying are dealt with which have significant implications for businesses. Employers can’t afford to have their …

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Why High Employee Engagement Leads to Bigger Profits

Most managers and business owners understand that engaged employees are happy and productive employees. They deliver higher levels of customer service and make the business more money. These findings have been supported by decades of research, which have proven the link between employee engagement, happier customers and an increase in profits. Research by Right Management across Australia …

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“Worker” Definition (WorkCover Qld)

The definition of “Worker” in under workers compensation legislation in Queensland has long been problematic. It creates confusion for employers, contractor and even WorkCover employees. The revised definition goes some way to clearing up the confusion and aligning with the ATO definition for superannuation and income tax purposes. Companies are often caught off guard where …

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Sexting article in My Business magazine September 2013 by Claire Harrison

Check out this Sexting for Employers article written by Claire Harrison, Human Resources Consultant and Founder of Brisbane based HR consultancy firm, Harrison Human Resources.  The article was published in the September 2013 edition of My Business magazine. Sexting published article For More Information About Our Human Resources Consultancy Services Please Visit The Consultants Page. hhr_devhhr.com.au

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Fair Work Amendment Act 2013

Key changes are around: Bullying complaints Family friendly measures Changes to working hours Penalty rates Union right of entry BULLYING COMPLAINTS Please see New Anti-Bullying Jurisdiction article for details of changes to bullying complaints. FAMILY FRIENDLY MEASURES The Amendment Act 2013 also introduced some new family friendly initiatives, including: FLEXIBLE WORK ARRANGEMENTS More groups of employees now …

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Etiquette to Sexting – Do you have a Policy?

Following on from our blog post earlier in the week, the story of  Queensland State MP Peter “Coq Au Vin” Dowling has gained extensive media coverage nationally, including national newspapers, news programs, and even featuring in overseas news! A key consideration for all employers is – what does your mobile device policy say about texting, specifically …

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Is it legal to prohibit the recruitment of a spouse or relative?

Some employers have rules about the employment of spouses and relatives of existing employees. Are these rules legitimate? This is a topic we regularly receive questions about. Here are some of the key issues to consider in your recruitment policy. Q: We have been asked by our parent company in the US to introduce a policy …

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Industrial Relations tops survey of business priorities for next government

The top five business policy priorities for the next government should include industrial relations, cutting red tape and tax reforms, a new survey released this month says. Ai Group surveyed over 330 businesses in the manufacturing, services and construction sectors on their policy priorities. Industrial relations reform to boost productivity was the number one overall …

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Why Facebook is not suitable for recruiting employees

It is common practice these days for recruitment screening processes to include scanning of job applicants’ Facebook postings for evidence of potential ‘bad behaviour’. But a recent US study suggests that employers who reject applicants on the basis of what they find on Facebook may be overlooking potentially good employees. The evidence indicates that there …

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5 Steps to High Performing Employees

At Claire’s recent presentation at the Redlands Business Expo she spoke about the 5 Steps to High Performing Employees. Following is a summary of Claire’s presentation. RESEARCH SAYS THAT HIGH PERFORMING BUSINESSES, IRRESPECTIVE OF STRATEGIC DIRECTION, BENEFITED FROM A FOCUS ON EMPLOYEES AND ORGANISATIONAL VALUES. RECRUIT The right job – what does the business require? The right …

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New Workplace Gender Equality Reporting: keep your company on track

Another important changes all employers should be aware of relates to new gender equity reporting requirements. These are the amended reporting requirements under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 which resulted in the introduction of new reporting requirements due at the end of this month. The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 resulted in all private sector employers who …

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New Superannuation Contribution Rates

One important changes all employers should be aware of relates to superannuation.  The changes to the superannuation regime increase employers’ superannuation obligations starting from 1 July 2013 to compulsory contributions of 9.25%. SUPERANNUATION REGIME The changes introduced by way of the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Amendment Bill 2011 means that compulsory superannuation guarantee contributions will increase over a …

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Is It Time to Outsource Human Resources?

Professional employer organizations help free up business owners’ time to focus on generating revenue. BY:TODDI GUTNER Most small-business owners know the frustration of spending more time than they want or should on non-revenue-generating activities. From payroll and human resource management to benefits and compensation, entrepreneurs can spend up to 40 percent of their precious day …

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Tony Abbott could make paid parental leave world class

BY KATE ASHMOR Bravo Bernard Keane for yesterday raising the issue of paid parental leave, an important government policy which directly affects millions of Australian women. As I’ve recently noted, it’s time for women to move beyond the ‘gender wars’ and use their unprecedented political power to leverage policy outcomes. The Coalition is offering a …

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‘Era of Mutual Respect’: motivating Gen Y

A greater understanding of what drives the Generation Y can help employers address employee disengagement and create more positive synergies in the workplace, business leaders heard at a recent conference. At the Australian Chambers Business Congress in Melbourne (15–17 August), workplace relations and HR expert Avril Henry advised delegates that Australian employees are significantly disengaged …

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2012 Redland Business Awards

Our own Claire Harrison was the Chair of the Commonwealth Bank 2012 Redland Business Awards. The Redland City Chamber of Commerce proudly supports the recognition of local business achievement through their annual business awards presentation.  This was the 21st year and  they were renamed and revitalised to promote best practice, innovation and excellence in business. Claire emceed …

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Adverse action — employer said worker was subby

An employer’s action in dismissing a painter and making reckless representation about his work position contravened the Fair Work Act 2009. The Federal Magistrates Court ordered the employer to pay compensation and a penalty. [Full text of this case: C v Crocker Builders Pty Ltd [2012] FMCA 677 (3 September 2012)] A painter working for a construction …

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2012 Best Employers Announced – Lessons to Learn for All Employers

Aon Hewitt announced its 2012 Best Employers in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) survey, with Microsoft being named the Best of the Best for 2012. Fourteen organisations received the Aon Hewitt Best Employer accreditation in 2012 including Chorus New Zealand Limited, Express Data, FedEx Express (Australia), FedEx Express (New Zealand), Frucor Beverages Australia, Hilti Australia, …

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High staff turnover? Check out your recruitment processes.

Retaining staff remains a key concern for Australian companies, and those with high turnovers need to examine their hiring procedures, according to specialist finance and accounting recruitment firm, Robert Half.   Robert Half director Kevin Jarvis said that despite the difficult talent market, retaining staff remains a key concern for Australian CFOs and finance directors. …

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Too Much Annual Leave Accrued: What Can Employers Do?

A common business problem for employers occurs when employees accrue excessive amounts of annual leave. This scenario is detrimental to both the employees and the organisation, but both sides being ‘at fault’ may be the cause.   WHAT CAUSES THE PROBLEM? One potential cause is organisation downsizing; and, thereby, requiring ‘more from less’ from the …

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Must know IR changes from 1 July 2012

While the commencement of the financial year usually means changes relating to taxation, this date also has implications with respect to workplace relations-related matters, including awards, unfair dismissals, paid parental leave and superannuation (particularly in relation to statutory monetary amounts). This article identifies a number of key workplace changes that will, or may, affect your …

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Mental illness in young men costs employers $237m a year

Mental illness in young men costs the Australian economy $3.27b in lost productivity each year, and employers directly $237m, according to a new report that encourages a greater role for employers in developing and delivering mental health initiatives. Commissioned by the Inspire Foundation and Ernest & Young, the report — Counting the Cost: The Impact …

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Misconduct allegations – can we dismiss immediately?

Is an employer obligated to make an investigation into allegations of misconduct or can it proceed immediately to dismissal? Q: One of our employees has made a serious sexual allegation against another employee. The allegations are such that the company wishes to terminate immediately the alleged offender’s employment. Under the Fair Work Act 2009, are we …

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10 Tips for Small Business to comply with new WHS legislation

Occupational Health And Safety (OHS) Laws Are Undergoing Their Biggest Overhaul In A Generation With The Introduction Of Nationally Harmonised Legislation In 2012. Here’s What You Need To Do To Get Your Business Ready. The new model Work Health and Safety Acts (WHS) came into effect on 1 January 2012 (with the exception of Victoria …

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Employee to pay $188,500 for post-employment breach

A Vic man will have to pay almost $188,500 to his former employer, after he breached a post-employment clause in his contract that prohibited him from doing business with former clients. The clause prevented him from providing specified accounting services for three years after his employment finished to any of the accounting firm’s clients to …

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Australia’s Top Employers

Move over, Google – constructions product provider Hilti is the top employer in the country based on human resources consulting firm Aon Hewitt’s new Best Employers in Australia and New Zealand report, which surveyed over 124,000 employees in more than 200 companies. Best Employers outperform other organisations in both productivity and financial performance. Research concludes …

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Casual employment to permanent — a right?

The rules around an employee’s entitlement to be made a permanent employee after working a period of casual employment should be checked in the relevant award. Q: Our company employs a considerable number of casual employees who are employed under the Manufacturing and Associated Industries Award 2010. One of these employees has approached their supervisor regarding …

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Sham Contract?

Sham contracting is an attempt by an employer to misrepresent or disguise an employment relationship as an independent contracting arrangement. Employers may do this to avoid having to give an employee their proper work entitlements, such as minimum rates of pay and leave entitlements. Sometimes, employers dismiss, or threaten to dismiss, employees if they don’t …

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7 Tips to Improve Employee Engagement

Listening to employees and breaking down bureaucracies are among the most effective ways to improve engagement and empowerment, according to a recent management competition. Results of the ‘beyond bureaucracy’ challenge to find innovative ways to engage employees have been published on the website of the large global management consulting firm McKinsey. Managers were asked to …

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Employer’s lack of social media policy results in reinstatement

In Brief In a recent FWA decision, an employee was reinstated following termination for allegedly derogatory and harassing comments about managers posted on his Facebook page.1 Roberts C found the comments to be akin to ‘a group of friends letting off steam and trying to outdo one another in being outrageous‘, and whilst in poor taste, …

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Four Valid Reasons for Employee Termination

A valid reason for termination should be classified into at least one of four categories: capacity, conduct, performance or termination on the grounds of redundancy. Capacity Capacity relates to the employee’s ability to perform the inherent requirements of the job. To rely upon capacity as a reason for termination, the core or substantive duties of …

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Employment Law Workshop

Presented a workshop tonight for business owners on their employment law obligations and how to comply. We discussed the Fair Work Act, National Employment Standard, Modern Awards, Independent Contractors, Occupational Health and Safety, Discrimination and Workplace Bullying – and much, much more. CONCLUDED WITH THE FOLLOWING TOP 8 TIPS FOR COMPLIANCE:  Audit your HR and …

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Café owes workers $138,000, must report wages for three years

A Lismore café, which underpaid its workers $138,000, will have to report its wage rates to the Fair Work Ombudsman for the next three years. Ejack Pty Ltd, which underpaid more than 70 casual waiting staff and short-order cooks over two and a half years, has also pledged to repay all outstanding wages. The company’s …

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Virgin Australia hits back as mothers sue airline over redundancy

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HAS PRODUCED MULTIPLE EMAILS AS EVIDENCE AGAINST TWO MOTHERS SUING THE AIRLINE FOR TURFING THEM OUT OF THEIR JOBS. Former public relations officer Leonie Vandeven and former events and sponsorship manager Kirsty Aitken both claim they were made redundant because they were pregnant or on maternity leave. They are suing their former employer …

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Five golden principles for effective policies

Policies are a necessary management tool in any organisation. While there is no doubt of their widespread use, it is important to review the effectiveness of your workplace policies both from a legal and operational point of view. The following five principles form the foundation of a successfully implemented and enforceable policy. DO NOT INCORPORATE …

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Why you need a Social Media Policy for your Workplace

In recent times, social media has shifted workplace dynamics by becoming an increasingly used tool for organisations to expand their business, but there are also employment-related issues that need to be addressed. With the limitless commercial potential, including opportunities to increase client base, branding, advertising and even recruiting staff, coupled with the growing trend of …

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Own ABN, no leave, no super – not an employee

The applicant was found not to be an employee but, instead, a contractor–principal relationship existed, and was hence not protected from unfair dismissal under s382 of the Fair Work Act 2009. Fair Work Australia has dismissed an application for unfair dismissal remedy for want of jurisdiction. THE CAB RANK SUPERVISOR’S SITUATION A man was engaged …

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13. Mat Baxter, UM Australia Part 2 (Winner: BRW Best Place to Work 2015)

UM Australia has 90 employees and is one of Australia’s five largest media companies. With annual billings in excess of $800m, they produce consistently excellent work for companies including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Sony, and Lego. They were recently recognised by BRW as the best place to work in Australia. They’ve also been named Media Agency of …

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12. Mat Baxter, UM Australia (Winner: BRW Best Place to Work 2015)

UM Australia has 90 employees and is one of Australia’s five largest media companies. With annual billings in excess of $800m, they produce consistently excellent work for companies including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Sony, and Lego. They were recently recognised by BRW as the best place to work in Australia. They’ve also been named Media Agency of …

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11. Stephen Wood, Infotrack Part 2 – High Performance Culture

Since Stephen Wood took over as CEO of Infotrack in 2010, the company has enjoyed explosive growth. The company, which provides a revolutionary way to order and manage online searches and services, has an excellent track record, saving countless businesses time and money by conducting property, personal and corporate searches quickly and efficiently. They’ve been …

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10. Stephen Wood, Infotrack – High Performance Culture

Since Stephen Wood took over as CEO of Infotrack in 2010, the company has enjoyed explosive growth. The company, which provides a revolutionary way to order and manage online searches and services, has an excellent track record, saving countless businesses time and money by conducting property, personal and corporate searches quickly and efficiently. They’ve been …

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9. Gary Ng – E-Web Marketing

The E-Web Marketing vision is to bring happiness, success and fun (HSF) to everybody they encounter. Since 1998, they have helped hundreds of Australian businesses maximise their profits by building their online presence and sales with the help of evolving digital solutions. From strategy development to measuring results, the E-Web Marketing team helps clients achieve …

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8. Carly Cohen Part 2 – Maple Event Group

Maple Event Group is a Melbourne-based, family-owned event group with two stunning event venues (Leonda By The Yarra and Fenix Events). The company has one clear goal: to consistently deliver exceptional experiences to clients and their guests. Carly Cohen and her hus- band, Eric Cohen, passionately wanted to work together, but they also wanted to …

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6. Louise Baxter Part 2 – Starlight Children’s Foundation

In her time as Chief Executive of Starlight Children’s Foundation, Louise Baxter has been responsible for sustainable revenue growth, which has funded significant Starlight program development and expansion. Louise is passionate about the cause and therefore committed to continually improving the impact of Starlight programs, and two recent social return on investment (SROI) studies have …

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5. Louise Baxter – Starlight Childrens Foundation

In her time as Chief Executive of Starlight Children’s Foundation, Louise Baxter has been responsible for sustainable revenue growth, which has funded significant Starlight program development and expansion. Louise is passionate about the cause and therefore committed to continually improving the impact  of Starlight programs, and two recent social return on investment (SROI) studies have …

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4. Paul Siderovski, SiDCOR Chartered Accountants

Paul Siderovski, who started Sidcor in Newcastle in 2002, is not shy about his company’s success. Indeed, he claims that Sidcor is Australia’s most profitable accounting business. It has become so by helping customers maximise their tax savings while also improving cash flow, promoting business growth and ensuring asset protection. Profit is not Paul’s primary motivator, though. …

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