28/04/2015Workplace Stress, Employee Issues, Performance Management

Do you dread having to sit your employees down to deliver 'bad news' for them about their performance? Do you put off having difficult conversations with your employees as a result? Unfortunately, having difficult conversations with employees at some stage is inevitable. Everyday we have clients...

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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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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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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

1. No spamming You’ll only receive newsletters approximately once a month. And don’t worry, we won’t pass your email address onto other people. 2. Save time You don’t need to spend hours trawling through IR/ER news. Our newsletters include information that is relevant to your business that you will...

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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27/03/2015Enterprise Bargaining Agreements, Franchising

Much press attention was given to a recently negotiated ‘template’ agreement in South Australia, between Business SA, and the South Australian Branch of the SDA. Employers have reportedly welcomed the “removal” of weekend penalties, and Bill Shorten, leader of the Federal Labor Opposition, has...

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26/03/2015Franchising, Employee Issues

Below are 3 cases studies from the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website detailing recent cases against Franchised business owners and in related sectors - 1. Gloria Jeans Two owner-operators of three Gloria Jeans franchises in Melbourne have been fined $110, 500 for deliberately underpaying employees. A...

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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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10/03/2015Workplace Stress, Franchising, HR Infrastructure, Employee Issues

Disgruntled dismissed employees are increasingly lodging General Protections (GP) applications instead of Unfair Dismissal actions. General Protections were introduced in July 2009 under the Fair Work Act to protect employees rights including the right to engage in industrial activity, to be free...

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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14/01/2015Employee Issues, Narcissism at Work

Individuals suffering from Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), more commonly known as ‘narcissists’, can wreak absolute havoc on your business. Others who are more borderline as to whether they have a personality disorder, can also be difficult to handle. Narcissists can be incredibly...

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13/01/2015Employee Issues, Narcissism at Work

Sometimes employers ring us to say - "Help me get this person the hell out of my business!" However, dismissing employees can backfire spectacularly if not done correctly . As much as you might detest these kinds of employees, don’t make one of these common mistakes when dismissing them - 1. Not...

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18/12/2014Franchising, Superannuation

The ATO outlines that most people can choose the super fund they want their employer contributions paid into, as long as it's a complying fund. The most common situation where an employee can’t choose their own super fund is where the employer has an award or agreement in place which directly...

01/12/2014Discrimination/EEO, Employee Issues

We recently posted a comment on a LinkedIn blog about employer rights to restrict the wearing of jewellery in facial piercings and the display of body tattoos of employees in customer-facing roles whilst at work. We got some responses attacking our opinion (well, really it's my opinion). What do...

31/10/2014Franchising, Employee Issues

A recent report published by the Franchise Council of Australia highlights how buying a franchise can be a very good business decision and can outperform the wider SME sector. As a franchisee, you’ll benefit from ongoing support, training and employee assistance from the franchisor. Buying an...

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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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12/09/2014Employee Issues, Narcissism at Work

What comes to mind when you think about narcissism? It might be a term you’ve heard been thrown around as a insult. It might make you think of a manipulative work colleague , or perhaps an egotistical politician. In previous articles we have discussed how this has reached epidemic proportions...

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10/09/2014Employee Issues

No reason for Termination = Problems Imagine you have a problem employee (perhaps you don’t have to imagine, you might already have one!), who is not up to your performance standards, despite still being on probation. They often come in late, leave early, take sickies and can’t grasp the concept of...

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