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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Employee not happy after a warning?

Q. Is you employee not happy? I have just received an an application for an order to stop bullying from the Fair Work Commission after I gave my employee a written warning. What is all this about? A: Under the Fair Work Act 2009, a worker has the right to apply to the Commission for… Read more »

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Casuals and contracts of employment

Q. I am a small business owner and have a number of casuals as employees. Do I need to give them a written Employment Agreement (a casual contract)? A: There is no legal requirement to provide employees who are casuals with a written casual contract of employment. However, employers are always better off providing one… Read more »

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Should I be paying my casuals overtime?

Q: I have some casual employees who sometimes work more than 38 hours per week. Do I need to pay them overtime? A: Whether you need to pay a casual employee overtime is dependent on the overtime and ordinary hours provisions that are stipulated in the applicable modern award or enterprise agreement. The short answer… Read more »

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Fed up with absenteeism?

Absenteeism is one of the trickiest human resources issues for employers to manage. In instances where it is suspected that an employee is not genuinely ill, workplace laws in relation to managing absenteeism can often leave the manager feeling frustrated and as though their hands are tied. While it is true that absenteeism is difficult… Read more »

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