26/03/2015Franchising, Employee Issues

Below are 3 cases studies from the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website detailing recent cases against Franchised business owners and in related sectors - 1. Gloria Jeans Two owner-operators of three Gloria Jeans franchises in Melbourne have been fined $110, 500 for deliberately underpaying employees. A...

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03/10/2013Enterprise Bargaining Agreements, Wage Rates, Franchising, Employee Issues

We recently reported about how the new public holiday payment option will affect QSRs. The article was featured on the QSRMedia website. Click here to view the article.

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12/08/2013Franchising, Employee Issues

We recently reported about an agreement approval application which was refused by Senior Deputy President O'Callaghan, due to concerns that the employees to be covered by the proposed agreement had not genuinely understood and agreed to the terms. The article was featured on the QSRMedia website...

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04/09/2015Employee Issues, Narcissism at Work, Performance Management

Over the years, we have assisted some clients who have had very difficult experiences with employees whom they have dismissed (generally before they spoke to us) or wanted to discipline for some reason. In the cases, the employee had set out on a path of destruction against the hapless employer,...

19/08/2015Discrimination/EEO, Employee Issues

We were approached in recent years by a competitor who operates in the same field as us, with a view to merging our businesses. We were happy to at least discuss the possibility with them. They eventually told us that we didn’t suit their business model, as we were “operating at too high a level”...

24/07/2015Employee Issues, Performance Management

In order to help you guide your employees toward the level of performance and conduct that should be expected by your organisation, you need to understand the best techniques for doing so. Managers cannot ignore the need to be well trained in counselling and discipline principles and processes...

08/07/2015HR Infrastructure, Discrimination/EEO, Employee Issues, Legislation

The Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) applies to all employers and employees as well as prospective employees – permanent or casual. The Act includes discrimination on the basis of a ‘criminal record’ where an employee is dismissed from employment or denied certain opportunities due...

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30/06/2015Franchising, HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues, Legislation

Workplaces with employees currently holding a visa will need to take extra steps to ensure the employees are working legally in Australia. From 1 July 2015, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service merged to create the ‘Australian...

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29/06/2015HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues

A recent decision in the Federal Circuit of Australia highlights the importance of having access to quality advice when it comes to all employee relations matters. The Judge in the case found that the HR manager of a glass bottle manufacturing company may be penalised due to her involvement in her...

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29/06/2015HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues, Legislation

Answer: section 535 of the Fair Work Act prescribes that employee records must be kept for 7 years. If the business is transferred, the old employer must provide the new employer with records of any transferring employee. Likewise, the new employer must also ask for the employment records for any...

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