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On 12 December 2017, Australia's Fair Work Commission varied certain overtime rates and minimum shift entitlements for casual and part-time employees in several awards. These changes start from the first full pay period on or after 1 January 2018. Who do the changes affect? ...
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Common sense is often lacking in many areas of life and work. One of those areas is hiring new team members. I frequently observe small businesses owners engaging in hiring practices that defy common sense and then wondering how they ended up with poor performers in their te...
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During the 2017 – 2018 financial year, many businesses were caught out by Fair Work Ombudsman compliance audits as the Ombudsman continues to clamp down hard on employers who continue to put off, or not care about the importance of, complying with the law when employing st...
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If Christmas to New Year are peak times for your business, now’s the time to check you’re getting public holidays right. Here are the answers to some of the common public holiday questions we get. Can I ask an employee to work on a public holiday?Yes, you can ask a staff...
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We’re often contacted about this topic at this time of the year so before you pack your bags, shut the doors of your business and head off on that long awaited Christmas holiday, you might want to consider the following FAQ’s: What is a shut down?A shut down is when a bu...
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A number of our SME clients are struggling with the complexities of Australian employment law and frequently contact us for advice in managing these complexities. With all businesses facing dire consequences of getting it wrong and being fined for non-compliance, we have bee...
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In a word, yes. Well that’s if reducing your staffing costs and increasing performance levels of your team members is important to your business – which I’m guessing it is. What is Onboarding? Onboarding is a term to describe the process businesses use to integrate a n...
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First Aid training - Who pays?

November 26, 2017
Does the employer or employee pay for First Aid training? Under the WHS Act, you the employer, have a duty to ensure that your organisation has trained first aid officers. Training costs When it comes to who pays for the actual course, the Australian WHS legislation does not...
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HR Tactics Newsletter

August 20, 2017
Welcome to our next newsletter! This time we’re breaking down into practical easy to implement steps – how to develop your hazard identification and risk management processes. Sounds awfully boring to some of you I’m sure but this stuff is as important as it gets if yo...
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Here are 7 viable and creative alternatives available to employers when an employee's performance or conduct becomes an issue:      1. unpaid suspensions2. fines (when you navigate the legal nuances – this is why we have jobs!)3. alternative r...
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