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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Sick leave? What kind of leave is this?

Q: My employee has submitted a sick leave application form for a recent unplanned day off work she took. At the time, the employee advised that she had needed to urgently visit her solicitor in relation to a private matter. However, now she has put in for sick leave for the time off and that… Read more »

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Prepare for a healthier workplace with a Flu Shot for employees

Due to COVID-19, medical experts are suggesting that all Australians receive a flu shot as early as possible this flu season.  In an ordinary year, as Autumn begins so does the flu season which runs from April to October each year. In a year with COVID-19 also, an employer-sponsored free flu shot for employees is… Read more »

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HR Support – My business has none!

FY2019 is just around the corner and many businesses have either already commenced planning and budgeting or are about to start thinking about it. Have you thought about HR Support ? It’s very common for small businesses to lack proper and compliant human resources practices, and it can seem overwhelming when thinking about where to… Read more »

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Why do I need workplace policies?

Workplace policies are an essential element of conducting business where the business has one or more employees. Policies are written documents that clarify to all employees the expected standards of behaviour and performance. For example, a Code of Conduct will outline the standards of conduct that are required while working for the employer. Below are some of the… Read more »

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