28/04/2015Legislation

From 1 July 2014, the Temporary Budget Repair Levy of 2% applied to taxable incomes greater than $180,000, which is the level at which the top marginal PAYG rate of 47% applies and hence the FBT rate will increase from 47% to 49%. FBT Basics - This ATO link outlines that fringe benefit tax, also...

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28/04/2015Workers Compensation, Employee Issues, Legislation

Whilst the figures are a few years old now, a WorkSafe Australia study noted that in the 2008-09 financial year, the total combined economic cost for workers sickness and injury was estimated to be $60.6 billion, with $6.5 billion paid in workers compensation premiums. Whilst undoubtedly the vast...

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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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07/04/2015Legislation

The Privacy Act is just one area of law that impacts on what managers can say or do in regards to giving a reference. What are your legal obligations when giving a reference? Kate Southam in writing for CareerOne has highlighted some of the possible legal pitfalls facing former employers providing...

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06/03/2015Legislation

The Abbott Government has restructured the gender reporting requirements for employers so as to simplify the process while still allowing employers to recognise and attend to gender equality disparities in their workplace. This change is projected to cut compliance costs by more than a third. Who...

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05/03/2015Franchising, Legislation

Answer - Illegal employees in breach of the Migration Act are those who are working in Australia without a visa. Alternatively, they may be in Australia lawfully, but working in breach of their visa conditions. In order to work in Australia lawfully, the following act as valid proof of entitlement...

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13/01/2015Employee Issues, Legislation

The Age Discrimination Act protects people from being treated less favourably due to age, in particular high risk groups such as younger and older Australians. Employers need to be wary of inadvertently breaching these laws through imposing rules which are found to be discriminatory and which can...

30/09/2015HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues, Legislation

A fast food franchise owner came to us the other day with a problem he couldn’t fix. He has a lot of young staff in his business and has constant trouble keeping them off their phones. Whenever he turned his back, they would be checking their phones and they seem to spend more time on their phones...

03/10/2014Discrimination/EEO, HR Infrastructure, Legislation

What are the new changes? These changes entail additional compliance requirements for large businesses to better support gender equality and diversity in the workplace. This is addressed by the introduction of gender equality indicators (GEIs). GEIs represent the minimum standard and employer must...

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19/09/2014HR Infrastructure, Legislation, Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

Employers are time poor. There’s increasing pressure to be time efficient in order to reach the ‘big goals’. It can be tempting to cut corners to ensure the major goals are reached. One big goal that employers can’t afford to cut corners on, is meeting their compliance obligations. Employers need...

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