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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27/01/2016Franchising

Our 2015 audit services revealed 84% of stores audited had underpayments occurring

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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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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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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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15/01/2016Leave, HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues

Answer: The short answer is yes. As the law currently stands, Section 107 Notice and Evidence Requirements of the Fair Work Act 2009 indicates employees must, if required by the employer, give the employer evidence that would satisfy the leave is taken for a permissible reason/occasion. Modern...

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13/01/2016HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues

A client of ours recently asked that if an employee requests to sacrifice part of their salary in order to receive more superannuation, could they go ahead and do so? Here’s how we replied:

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12/01/2016HR Infrastructure

We regularly publish articles on our website that focus on - Important IR and legislative changes, Strategies employers can use to deal with troublesome employees, Real questions we get asked by our clients and the advice we give them, Employer's employment obligations. Registered site users can...

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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09/12/2015HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues

At our recent Roundtable, attendees - mainly HR Professionals - were invited to discuss the findings of our Insight Report ‘ Unfair Dismissal Claims ’. The Roundtable worked to further detail the challenges, solutions and preventions of unfair dismissals that were outlined throughout the report...

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06/11/2015HR Infrastructure, Awards

As part of the four-yearly review of modern awards, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has held that the standard absorption clause inserted into modern awards in 2010, will be deleted. The clause currently provides: The monetary obligations imposed on employers by this award may be...

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06/11/2015Employee Issues, Performance Management

Insight Report on unfair dismissals that unearths the reasons behind the reasons that employers settle unfair dismissal claims and the implications for their businesses was released by ER Strategies.

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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02/10/2015Workplace Stress, Employee Issues, Safety

One of the most common workplace issue in Australia is work-related stress. As an employer, how should you be handling this? There are many symptoms to ‘stressed’ employees. Learn to pick them up quickly: For example, you might find that a worker is becoming more prone to incidents and injuries, or...

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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...

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...

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

Unfortunately there was plenty of bad press recently concerning underpayment of employees by franchisees in various brands. Unfortunately it’s a sector where ’guilt by association’ is often the verdict in the court of public opinion. Brand equity is seriously threatened when franchisees don’t...

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,...

04/09/2015HR Infrastructure

We were approached in recent years by a competitor that wanted to absorb us into their business. We were happy to at least explore the possibility with them. They eventually told us that we didn’t fit in their business model, as we were “operating at too high a level” and that our clients would be...

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”...

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