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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28/06/2016Franchising, Employee Issues, Legislation

Do you employ juniors in your network or are you thinking of employing young people? Employing juniors can be a rewarding experience for employers, however are you aware of the various rules and regulations which exist in each state? ER Strategies has prepared a state by state guide on what...

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31/05/2016Workplace Stress, Employee Issues, Legislation

In a recent case an Aboriginal medical service receptionist’s anti-bullying application was dismissed. The applicant alleged she had been bullied by three of her colleagues. She claimed they behaved inappropriately towards her, made comments which made her feel uncomfortable and affected her mental...

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15/04/2016Leave, Employee Issues, Legislation, Awards

Shut Down Employers may need to temporarily close down their businesses for a range of different reasons, this is considered a shut down. Shut downs may occur because of refurbishments or during slow periods of the year, such as Christmas and New Year. For example, an employer may need to shut down...

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07/04/2016HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues

We have recently been asked by clients what they can do when they have accidentally overpaid an employee. In one specific case, the overpayment came as a result of a simple payroll clerical error, where the client inadvertently entered too high an hourly rate into the payroll system. Can you deduct...

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25/02/2016Workplace Stress, Discrimination/EEO, Employee Issues, Legislation

Recent cases awarding large sums for compensation and damages to employees serve as a warning to employers of the irreparable damage these legal claims can cause. A large penalty could not only cause significant time and financial loss, but can also cause irredeemable damage to the employer’s brand...

09/02/2016Wage Rates, Employee Issues, Legislation, Awards

Our 2015 Fast Food Industry audits revealed 84% of stores had underpayments occurring

01/02/2016Leave, Employee Issues

A client of ours recently asked what course of action they can take if their employee is absent and uncontactable for an extended period of time, without providing the employer with reasons. Here’s our a nswer: "Abandonment of employment" is a common law concept refers to a situation where an...

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25/01/2016Employee Issues, Legislation

Our previous article explored the reasons why General Protections claims are rising and our Unfair Dismissal Insight Report uncovered the main reasons why companies settle Unfair Dismissal claims at conciliation. Over the holiday period that just passed an area of interest was how the 21 day period...

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25/01/2016Leave, Employee Issues

It was reported (source:The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) that 180,000 Australians were estimated to have called in sick for work on the recent Australia Day public holiday. While employees taking sick leave is a natural and necessary occurrence, it starts to become problematic when...

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