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 »Read More
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 »Read More
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 »Read More
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 »Read More
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 »Read More
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 »Read More
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 »Read More
‘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 »Read More
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 »Read More
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 »Read More