25/01/2016HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues, Legislation

Clients have asked us how they can go about dealing with employees who they suspect are stealing from them. Here we explain how you can prevent and reduce the likelihood of such a situation happening to your business. How to spot stealing Even with policies and procedures in place, there may be a...

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12/01/2016Wage Rates, Franchising, HR Infrastructure, Legislation

Due to requests from some of our franchise clients, we launched our external Payroll Audit Service to review Payroll and Award/Enterprise Agreement compliance at the franchisee outlet level. Most Common Payroll Issues Found Many franchisees are using the franchisor’s Enterprise Agreement for their...

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19/10/2015HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues, Legislation

A client of ours recently asked us if they could hire interns to work in their head office. Here's how we replied: Answer: Where an unpaid work arrangement exists that is not a vocational placement, the arrangement is only lawful if no employment relationship exists. If there is an employment...

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23/09/2015Wage Rates, Franchising, Employee Issues, Legislation

Unfortunately there was more bad press recently concerning a leading franchise in Australia and the alleged underpayment of employees by franchisees in their network. The widely-reported allegations of significant underpayments to 7-Eleven franchise employees have again highlighted the challenges...

19/03/2015Wage Rates, Franchising, Legislation

As a business owner, you ought to know how important it is to get your rostering right. However, our experience is that too many businesses in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) sector, and other restaurants generally, fail to carefully manage their labour costs. This can cost them dearly through...

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19/08/2014Franchising, Legislation

Getting advice at the right time can be critical to prospective new franchise business owners, when making decisions that can cost them dearly. ER Strategies Director Steve Champion says, “We provide the professional advice the franchisee needs to make the right decisions, including helping them...

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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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08/07/2015HR 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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08/07/2015Legislation, Safety

The Safe Work Australia First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice , was adopted in states including NSW, South Australia and Queensland. These codes of practice provide that first aiders should attend training on a regular basis to refresh their first aid knowledge and skills and to confirm their...

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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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