Reference checking for your recruitment campaign: is it a waste of time?

Is reference checking for your recruitment campaign a waste of time? I have recently had a number of clients ask this question in regard to recruitment campaign management for new talent. It’s usually followed by a statement such as “surely candidates are always going to provide a referee who will only say good things about… Read more »

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Redundancy entitlements

Q: I no longer need one of my team members. What do I have to pay in the case of a redundancy? A: Information relating to employer redundancy obligations starts at Section 117 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act). Basically, employers must provide an employee whose position is being made redundant notice of the… Read more »

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Dismissal – don’t make a costly mistake

My staff member has raised a number of questions about his work conditions. It’s quite annoying and taking up too much of my time. Can I consider a dismissal or will it prove be a very costly? A recent case from the Fair Work Ombudsman highlights the risk of dismissal of an employee under these… Read more »

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The new Family and Domestic Violence Leave

Recently the Fair Work Commission officially announced a new leave type for many Australian employees titled Family and Domestic Violence Leave. While it may have been news to some, those in Industrial Relations and/or Human Resources circles have been discussing the concept of for a number of years now. In particular, I recall from my… Read more »

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Workplace Investigations

Need an independent workplace investigations expert? Our Gold Coast Workplace Investigations team can assist. As an employer, it is almost inevitable that you will be faced with a complaint from one or a group of your employees at some stage. So why is it so important to ensure you conduct appropriate workplace investigations? Employers must… Read more »

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Penalty rates: the changes summarised

On 23 February 2017, a decision was made by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to vary Sunday and Public Holiday penalty rates in some retail and hospitality modern awards. Below outlines the main changes and when they will take effect. What are the changes? The revised penalty rates for Sundays: The revised penalty rates for Public… Read more »

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Make your new employee’s first day awesome! Here’s how..

Ever turned up to a new employer on your first day and it’s complete and utter chaos?  Many moons ago I recall being enormously excited about landing my dream job, only to turn up and the guy who was supposed to greet me had decided to take the day off. No-one even knew I was… Read more »

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Extended lunch breaks

Q: One of my employees has recently been pushing the boundaries with his lunch break. This week alone he has been late back from lunch twice and I am worried it will continue. I have tried to address it by making a comment or joke each time it occurs, but he doesn’t seem to be… Read more »

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Breastfeeding and work

Q: One of my female employees will be returning from parental leave soon and is still breastfeeding. What do I need to do to meet my obligations as an employer in regards to breastfeeding and work? A: Breastfeeding is a protected attribute under discrimination legislation. Therefore, employers should ensure they provide adequate facilities and breaks… Read more »

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The Great Aussie Sickie!

Who saw an increase in sudden onset sore backs, gastro and migraines last Friday 27th January due to the Australia Day public holiday? If so, you may need a new sick leave policy. If you did, you are not alone. Let’s face it though, who wouldn’t desire an extra day off to make a very… Read more »

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