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Employment Contracts & Non-Compete Clauses

Do you have a non-compete clause in your employment contracts? Are you considering including one? We recently answered this employer question. “Can we include a non-compete clause in future employment contracts that specify staff cannot work for competitors or clients for a 6-month period after their employment with us ends?” Answer In your employment agreements, […]

Resolving a workplace dispute with mediation

Has your business been involved in a workplace dispute with an employee? Workplace mediation can be an effective and affordable solution to resolve conflict at work.¬†In fact, statistics show that mediation settles more than 85% of initiated disputes. To help you understand more about how mediation works we have answered some common questions below.   […]

Are new employees entitled to sick leave?

New employees are entitled to paid sick leave, however, it is important as an employer you understand how entitlements work and your obligations. We have put together some key points below.   Firstly, when can an employee use sick leave? An employee can access paid sick leave when they cannot work due to a personal […]

Common questions about Long Service Leave (LSL)

Do you understand Long Service Leave (LSL) and your employer obligations? To help you get your head around it, we have put together some information answering some common questions we receive. Firstly, what is Long Service Leave (LSL)? Long service leave is a period of paid leave granted to employees in recognition of a long […]

New Casual Employment Information Statement

Do you employ casuals? Do you know about the new Casual Employment Information Statement? We have put together some information to help you understand your obligations. What is the new Casual Employment Information Statement (CEIS)? The Fair Work Ombudsman have produced a new CEIS which employers must provide to casual employees. This includes current (engaged […]

Free Unfair Dismissal Employer Resource

Let’s talk about unfair dismissal claims. Firstly, have you ever responded to an unfair dismissal claim? Secondly, would you know what to do and where to start? The Fair Work Commission has a free resource called the Unfair Dismissals Benchbook. The terrific resource can assist business owners and HR Practitioners across SMEs through to large, […]

Can I require staff to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

With the COVID-19 vaccination rolling out across Australia, many employers are asking, “can I require staff to get the COVID-19 vaccination?” To help you understand your rights and obligations as an Australian employer, we have put together some information. Firstly, can I require staff to get the COVID-19 vaccination? In line with advice from the […]

Am I required to pay a trainee to attend training?

Do you know whether or not you are required to pay a trainee to attend training? If you employee trainees, it’s important to¬†understand your employer obligations. We recently received this question. “We employ a trainee and they are required to attend a tertiary facility to undertake regular training. Are we required to pay them for […]

How do I calculate leave accrual for part-time employees?

We often get asked, “how do I calculate leave accrual for part-time employees?” If you find this confusing, you’re not alone. To help you get it right, we have put together a simple formula for you to follow.   How to calculate leave accrual for part-time employees Firstly, divide the number of hours worked for […]