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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Leadership tips: team meeting mistakes

Whether your business loves or loathes team meetings, one thing is for sure – good leadership is very difficult to achieve without the leader engaging with the team. Take in the below leadership tips, and avoid these meeting mistakes. Team meetings are an excellent forum for leaders to communicate important messages, to provide organisational updates… Read more »

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Don’t ignore poor performance

Q: One of my employees is just coasting along with poor performance. For some time now she hasn’t been achieving as much as my other staff and doesn’t seem motivated. How do I get more out of her? A: Poor performance can be really frustrating for employers, but it can be improved with the right… Read more »

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Employee poor performance: how to improve it

Q: One of my employees is just coasting along. For some time now she hasn’t been achieving as much as my other staff, is quite negative and doesn’t seem motivated. How do I improve employee poor performance in this case?  A: Employee poor performance can be really frustrating, but it can be improved with the… Read more »

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Post redundancy support

Q. I am planning to make a position redundant soon but I am concerned that the long term employee who is in the role won’t cope with the news.  I need help with redundancy, particularly following the redundancy.  A: Being retrenched is a significant life event for many people. How a person reacts and copes… Read more »

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