drug and alcohol.

Managing the Risk of Drugs and Alcohol

While employee drinking and drug use during work hours has obvious implications for workplace safety, productivity, and reputation – consideration also needs to be given to the effects of consumption that occurs away from the workplace and out of work hours.

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Adopting a Drug and Alcohol Policy

Adopting a Drug and Alcohol Policy

Under the relevant Occupational Health and Safety legislation in each state and territory and the soon to be implemented harmonised WHS laws, employers are generally required to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all employees at work. This can raise difficult issues in how to implement practical measures to protect workers in relation to their own health, safety and welfare.

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Floods, Cyclones, Bushfires and Employer Obligations

Floods, Cyclones, Bushfires and Employer Obligations

Most employers will already be aware of the need for flexibility during the crisis and its aftermath in relation to supporting employees during the clean up, difficulties they may face in attending work, providing time off for participation in any emergency services duties, etc. This is of course in the context of their business being able to re-open as quickly as possible and to resume normal business operations.

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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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