27/07/2015HR Infrastructure, Legislation

Legislation regarding workplace surveillance is inconsistent between different state and territory jurisdictions. For example, NSW, ACT and (to a lesser extent) VIC, are the only jurisdictions that have legislation applying specifically to workplace surveillance. The answer below applies...

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08/07/2015Leave, HR Infrastructure, Awards

The Fair Work Commission handed down its decision on the 11th June 2015 regarding aspects of annual leave that will affect all Modern Awards. The decision facilitates the introduction of new flexibilities for employers. When will the changes take effect? IMPORTANT - these changes have yet to be...

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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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08/07/2015HR Infrastructure, Safety

WorkCover NSW Codes of Practice and information sheets from WorkCover QLD provide that gas cylinders in the workplace require particular safe handling practices such as: CODES OF PRACTICE An approved code of practice is a practical guide to achieving the standards of health, safety and welfare...

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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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03/06/2015HR Infrastructure, Legislation, Safety

Answer - WorkCover NSW provides a Code of Practice for welfare facilities employers must provide to employees in the workplace. The Code operates under section 274 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. It is important to first note that in order to comply with work health and safety regulation...

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05/05/2015HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues

As quick and convenient as email is, we find that it’s not the best method of dealing with your questions. We would much rather hear from you personally over the phone - and some clients ask us why. Here are 5 very good reasons why calling us in most cases is the best way of engaging our assistance...

14/04/2015Workplace Stress, Enterprise Bargaining Agreements, Workers Compensation, Wage Rates, Franchising, Superannuation, Leave, HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues, Legislation, Narcissism at Work, Safety, Performance Management, ER Essentials Archive, Awards

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