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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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...

08/07/2015Legislation, 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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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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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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08/07/2015Leave, 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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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, 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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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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26/06/2015Wage Rates, Awards

The 2015 salary cap figure under the Fair Work Regulations for unfair dissmissal is now $136,700 for fulltime employees. This was previously $133,000. For part time employees, the salary cap figure is calculated on a pro rata basis. To calculate whether an employee is under the the high income...

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19/06/2015Wage Rates, Awards

We have uploaded a new wage schedule for the Restaurant Industry Award. Our previous schedule had miscalculated the after 10pm and midnight rates for both weekly and casual employees. We take getting our wage schedules correct very seriously. We apologise for any inconvenience this might have...

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12/06/2015Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Fast Food Industry Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2015.

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12/06/2015Wage Rates

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Building and Construction General Onsite Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2015.

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12/06/2015Wage Rates

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Business Equipment Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2015.

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12/06/2015Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Clerks - Private Sector Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2015.

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12/06/2015Wage Rates

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Registered and Licensed Clubs Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2015.

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12/06/2015Wage Rates

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2015.

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12/06/2015Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the General Retail Industry Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2015.

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12/06/2015Awards, Wage Rates

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2015.

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12/06/2015Wage Rates, Awards

This article provides a link to the wage increase applicable under the Restaurant Industry Award, operative from the first full pay period commencing 1 July 2015.

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