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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How to make a position redundant

Q: I am planning to make some changes to the structure of my business and will probably need to make a position redundant. I am unsure of what entitlements my employee should receive. Could you assist? A: Information relating to employer redundancy obligations starts at Section 117 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act).… Read more »

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Recruiter or word of mouth?

Let’s talk word of mouth appointments over using a professional recruiter for your next hire. So your friend/client/employee/third cousin knows someone who knows someone… Andrew is his name for the purposes of this blog post. “Andrew is just perfect for the role” you hear. “Andrew has loads of experience” you are told. “Andrew would fit… Read more »

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Parental leave entitlements for a new employee

Q: One of my full time employees has just told me that she is four month’s pregnant and due in September 2017. This employee only started with our company two months ago. Do I have to grant her parental leave? A: For this particular set of circumstances, the short answer is no. According to the… Read more »

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Abandonment of employment

Q: My employee has not shown up for work for three days and has not made contact at all to let us know what’s going on. Can I terminate the employee? A: This situation could potentially be an abandonment of employment situation. Abandonment of employment occurs when an employer reasonably concludes that an employee no… Read more »

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