Termination and notice periods

Q. I am planning the termination of a staff member who is currently on probation. The notice period is one week. Can I tell the employee not to return to the workplace for the notice period, and do I have to pay for the week considering the employee won’t be working it out? A: Yes… Read more »

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Probationary period

Q. How long should a probationary period be? A: A probationary period is similar to a trial period where both the employer and the employee have an opportunity to take a period of time to assess suitability for a new position. Common probationary periods are either three months or six months, running concurrently with the… Read more »

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Get flexible – or lose your best employees!

The topic of flexible work is on everyone’s lips at the moment – especially your employee’s lips. Recent commentary on employee engagement is strongly highlighting that the most desired benefit for employees is the option of flexibility in their jobs. In a recent study by Seek, work-life balance was the most important factor considered by… Read more »

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The National Employment Standards

Q. I keep hearing about the National Employment Standards in relation to employment? I have no idea what this means can you tell me what this is as i am struggling to understand? Should i already know what this is? A: NES stands for National Employment Standards. These employment standards are the minimum employment entitlements… Read more »

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Workplace dress standards

Q. Many of my staff come to work in jeans and casual t-shirts but I would like to introduce a more professional dress code. What’s the best way to do this? A: To ensure your preferred workplace dress standards are clear to all staff, the best way to achieve this is by introducing a company… Read more »

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Temporary business closes & annual leave

Q. My business closes over the Christmas period for a couple of weeks. Can I direct my employees to take annual leave during this period? A: When a business closes temporarily during slow periods such as Christmas time, this is called a ‘shut down’ or a ‘close down’. Employers need to check their applicable Modern… Read more »

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Company Values: Thank you Uber

I must disclose that this blog post has been in development for about eight months. I have opened it from time to time, played around with it, deleted sections, added bits and asked myself the question “will SMEs find a post on Values all that relevant?” Then, like a strike of good luck Uber happened.… Read more »

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‘Small business employer’ is that me?

A: It’s important to understand whether your business is classified as a ‘small business employer’, as under the Fair Work Act 2009 there are a number of concessions around termination for small businesses. For example, there is an exemption from paying redundancy pay for small businesses who are making a position redundant (although payment of… Read more »

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Received an Unfair Dismissal Application?

Q. I’ve just received an Unfair Dismissal Application in my inbox after terminating the employee recently. I have no idea what to do next. Can you help? A: Receiving notification that an employee is claiming unfair dismissal against your business is often difficult news to learn. In many cases, the employer might feel as though… Read more »

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Independent Contractor or Employee?

Q. I have a number of cleaners who are employees and I need to hire some more in the same team. I am thinking of hiring a new one as an independent contractor with an ABN so that I can save on paying  award rates and superannuation. Do I need to consider if they are… Read more »

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