Casual employment and what your business should be doing

Are you up-to-speed with the recent casual employment developments? Not sure what we’re harping on about? Award-covered casuals can request to convert to permanent employment after 12 months of regular casual engagements. The Federal Court ruling, Workpac v Skene, has opened the door to claims for leave entitlements for regular casuals. So, what is your […]

Important changes to personal leave accrual

Following the recent Federal Court decision, the Fair Work Ombudsman is reviewing and updating its advice in relation to the accrual of personal/carer’s leave. So, as business owners, what do you need to be mindful of moving forward? Full-time and part-time employees are entitled to 10 working days of paid personal/carer’s leave for each year […]

Employer insight into workplace injuries

When it comes to workplace injuries, do you know your employer obligations? We recently answered a question about an employer’s right to choose a medical professional. So, what’s the answer to this one? Q U E S T I O N | An employee was injured in the workplace and we would like to request […]

IMPORTANT HR UPDATE // Fair Work Information Statement

DID YOU KNOW that the Fair Work Information Statement has changed? Get an up-to-date copy online at REMEMBER, you are required to give all new employees [regardless of whether they are full-time, part-time or on a fixed-term contract] a copy as part of the onboarding process. Want to know more or need help with […]

Tick Tock! It’s almost Christmas Party o’clock!

With LESS THAN 130 days until Christmas, the clock is ticking for one of the biggest events on the work calendar. That’s right friends, the anticipated Work Christmas Party. So, when it comes time to plan your work function, what steps can you follow to minimise a *legal hangover*? Our resident expert, Lisa has some […]

Exit Interviews

Does your business conduct exit interviews? What questions do you ask a departing employee? What questions should you ask?  Our resident HR expert, Lisa has some tips for you to consider. Don’t underestimate the value of an exit interview. It’s an opportunity to seek transparent and candid feedback that you can take on board to […]

New whistleblowing laws

Do you know about the new whistleblowing laws that came into effect on 1 July 2019? Does your business have a policy in place to comply? Here is what you need to know and what you should be considering: The new laws are designed to encourage whistleblowers to speak up without fear. People can make […]

Serial *job hoppers*… To recruit or not to recruit?

Would you recruit someone who has held six different jobs in ten years? New research shows that so-called *job hopping* in Australia and New Zealand is becoming more accepted, with 71% of 900 hiring managers surveyed saying they would. The truth is, although *job hopping* can come with potential risks, there are also some benefits […]

Medical Certificates 101

Winter has arrived and in the workplace, that means cold and flu season is running rampant. So, if your employees are sick and recuperating from illness do they need to provide a medical certificate? Our resident HR expert, Lisa has the answer. *When employees advise that they are taking sick or carer’s leave, they should […]