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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why your business needs an independent wage audit

When did your business last conduct an independent wage audit? The truth is, regular audits can help you avoid costly mistakes. In addition, an independent provider can give valuable confirmation about your payroll processes and personnel. Last week, legislation was passed in Queensland making it a criminal offence to knowingly underpay your staff. This means […]