Author Archives: Hannah Hoffman

When can an employee use sick leave?

Let’s talk about sick leave. When can an employee use it? Is it only for instances where they are sick or have an injury? Or can an employee also use it for pre-arranged appointments, such as elective surgeries and medical consultations? Here is what you need to know. An employee can use sick leave when they […]

Procedural Fairness & your Employer Obligations

Do you understand your employer obligations when terminating an employee? We recently answered this question. “Over time, I have given my employee several warnings (both written an verbal). Can I dismiss them without giving them a right of reply?”   ANSWER No, you shouldn’t. Firstly, employees are entitled to an opportunity to respond before their […]

Parental Leave & your employer obligations

Did you know that the Toowoomba region topped the state for most babies born in 2020? If you’re an employer, you need to know your obligations when it comes to an employee returning from parental leave. So, what do you need to know? An employee has the right to come back to the job they […]

Minimum wage increase set to take effect from 1 February 2021

Last year, the Fair Work Commission increased the national minimum wage by 1.75% using a three-stage, staggered approach. From 1 February 2021, the third and final stage will take effect. So, what does this mean for you as a business owner? If you employ staff under a Modern Award listed in Group 3, their wage […]

Leave without pay and public holidays

Do you have staff taking leave without pay over the holidays? Do you know your employer obligations for public holidays that fall during leave without pay? Read the below Q&A to get up-to-speed.   QUESTION We have a number of employees taking leave without pay over the Christmas and New Year period. Are we still […]

Changes to casual overtime rates

Overtime provisions in several modern awards have been amended for casual employees from the first full pay period on or after 20 November 2020. The changes made by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) aim to simplify overtime for casual employees and reduce common confusion around casual loading versus overtime penalty rates. Making variations to several awards, casual […]

Labourers | Toowoomba & Surrounds

Are you an experienced labourer? Are you reliable, enthusiastic and physically fit? Do you possess an excellent work ethic? We are working with a number of clients across a variety of industries to fill temporary positions in and around the Toowoomba area. Contract length varies. We are seeking motivated and reliable candidates with: Forklift Ticket (Desirable) […]

Christmas 2020: Queensland Public Holidays and Pay Rates

With the festive season almost here, now is the time to get up-to-speed with Queensland public holidays and pay rates. To help your business get it right, we have put together a quick guide.   Common Awards and Public Holiday Rates Here is a  selection of public holiday pay rates for common awards. These details […]

Award changes from November, is your business ready?

Is your business up-to-speed with the latest award changes? The new minimum wage changes for Group 2 are due to kick off from the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2020. So, what exactly does your business need to know? About the changes In line with the Fair Work Commission’s announcement in […]

Are your employees happy? Find out with employee surveys

Let’s face it, 2020 has been an unprecedented year especially when it comes to the workplace. How have your staff coped and how are they feeling about their job satisfaction? Do you know? Here is one way you could find out. 👉 EMPLOYEE SURVEYS 👈 Whether it’s how your employees rate their job satisfaction or […]