15/03/2017Employee Issues, Legislation

Many Franchise businesses would have seen press reports regarding the end of the s.457 Fast food industry labour agreement and would have wondered what it meant for their business. Impact of Decision Limited The termination of the above agreement, which is a special immigration agreement and is...

13/02/2017Franchising, Employee Issues, Legislation

New Laws Protecting Vulnerable Workers Now Imminent With the recent extensive media coverage of franchisees across a range of brands underpaying their employees, it is now evident that the Federal Government is moving ahead in the current session of Parliament to protect vulnerable employees, by...

David Price, ER Strategies' GM
10/01/2017Wage Rates, Franchising, Employee Issues, Legislation

The FWO’s successful prosecution of the Yogurberry franchise has raised many questions on how franchisors can protect themselves from “ accessorial liability ” – being an accessory for payroll contraventions of the Fair Work Act. Background Our recent article about the FWO “lifting the bar” on both...

14/12/2016HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues, Performance Management

We are continually relying on our mobile phones and other mobile devices for everything from checking the weather to keeping in contact with each other on social media. With such a high reliance on mobile phones, chances are your business has had issues with employees using their phones while they...

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13/12/2016Employee Issues, Narcissism at Work

We have previously written about employees who will do whatever it takes to get back at their employer, where they feel they have been wronged. There are others who simply will fight based on principle . Others will just walk away, perhaps because they are confident they can get a job elsewhere,...

09/12/2016HR Infrastructure, Discrimination/EEO, Employee Issues, Safety

Work Christmas parties are a chance for employees to let their hair down, celebrate their achievements from the past working year, and it can also be a great chance for your employees to bond. However, although the work Christmas party can be fun, it can also be fraught with dangers. Such dangers...

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10/10/2016Franchising, Discrimination/EEO, Employee Issues, Legislation

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash recently launched the new Migrant Worker Taskforce , saying that the taskforce would bolster the Government's efforts to crack down on employers seeking to take advantage of migrant workers and deliver on its pre-election commitment to better protections for all...

25/08/2016Franchising, Employee Issues, Legislation

As the politicians return to Canberra for the opening of the 45th Parliament of Australia, we will see how the government intends to pursue its changes to the Fair Work Act (FWA) to protect vulnerable workers. The new Senate comprises 30 Coalition, 26 Labour and 20 cross-bench senators, 9 of those...

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08/08/2016Franchising, HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues

We were keen to find out more about franchisors’ perceptions of the depth of the problem of payroll non-compliance in Australia, as well as some of the wider implications for the sector, and how compliance could be improved at franchisee and franchisor levels. This has been prompted by the well-...

05/08/2016Employee Issues, Legislation

Q: I want to fire an employee who has been with the business for around 6 months, what do I need to know? A: Many employers fail to consider whether employees have been employed long enough to take an unfair dismissal action before terminating them. First, you want to know whether they would be...

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