prevention

Preventing workplace bullying through early intervention

Workplace bullying complaints are on the rise, and imminent changes to the Fair Work Act will allow complaints to be dealt with at a Federal level. According to Steve Champion, Director of ER Strategies, the best prevention is to recognise workplace conflict and deal with it before it escalates into allegations of bullying or harassment.

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Managing Unhealthy Workplace Conflict

When people are thrown together for eight hours a day, five days a week, conflict is probably inevitable. After all, without some lower levels of conflict or competition, workplaces would be very boring places indeed, with little or no differing opinions or exchange of ideas.

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cancer and the workplace

Cancer and the workplace

Australians of working age often encounter a number of difficulties that have the potential to limit their participation in their chosen profession.

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Prevent employee issues before they happen

One of the smartest ways for small businesses to nip any employee issues in the bud is to ensure that they don’t crop up- and one of the best ways to accomplish this is to make sure that each new member of staff undergoes a thorough and comprehensive induction process.

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The highs and lows of social networking

The highs and lows of social networking

Social networking sites including Facebook, My Space, You Tube, Twitter, Wikipedia and web blogs or online journals (to name a few), can present difficulties not only for IT infrastructure but also in terms of managing confidential information of the company, and protecting the reputation of both employers and employees.

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Wage Schedules 2019

The 2019 Annual Wage increase decision is here

This year’s annual wage review resulted in the increase of 3%. The national minimum wage will increase from $719.20 per week or $18.93 an hour to $740.80 per week or $19.49 an hour. Our consultants explain the reasons behind the decision, what that means for your business and when the increase will come into effect. Our updated wage schedules are now available for download to reflect the increase.
Dealing with Sickies

What to do about suspicious medical certificates?

The employee must provide evidence to the employer that they were genuinely entitled to sick leave. Generally, a medical certificate is a legal document that should satisfy the employer of an employee’s inability to work. This doesn’t mean that an employer can't question the validity of the medical certificate.
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Take an interest in excess sick leave

Staff who regularly take sick days without repercussions are likely to continue doing so - this will have a negative impact on other workers who may soon start to follow suit, or feel aggrieved because they are at work doing the right thing. There are several theories on best practice when it comes to dealing with absenteeism, but the key is for employers to show an interest.
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Does superannuation apply to annual leave loading payments?

A common question that we receive at ER Strategies is whether superannuation contributions need to apply to annual leave loading payments. Annual leave loading was originally introduced into awards in the 1970s on the basis that it compensated employees for the lost opportunity to work overtime when they were on annual leave and thereby earn extra income.
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Expanded ‘Whistleblower Protections’ are coming – will you be ready?

The expanded coverage of the legislation is - at least in part - a response to the release of the findings of the Hayne Royal Commission into the Banking, Superannuation and Finance sector. However, the new laws will impose significant new obligations on a much wider range of businesses than previously covered.
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