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Redundancies and employer financial hardship

With the ongoing effects of COVID-19, some businesses are looking at reducing staff, including making redundancies. When this occurs, employers typically refer to the National Employment Standards to calculate the redundancy package (also known as severance pay). But what if your business is experiencing financial hardship and cannot pay? Firstly, it’s important to note that where employees […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and key employment changes

In almost every area of the law, there have been changes to existing rules and procedures to help deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is especially true in employment law. Set out below are some of the key changes to legislation and modern awards that have been introduced over the last week that employers need to be […]

Determining an employee’s classification level

Do you know how to determine an employee’s classification level if they complete a varied workload? We recently answered this common, small business question.   QUESTION In my small business, our receptionist also processes our financial transactions and completes payroll. Should I be paying them based on their reception role or something else? ANSWER To […]

Mobile phones and driving employer provided vehicles

Do your employees drive a company vehicle? New penalties are now in place across Queensland when using mobile phones. So, what exactly does this mean and is there anything you should be doing as an employer? Any person caught touching their mobile phone while driving will face $1,000 fine and four demerit points. Double demerits […]

New Year HR Tip | Position Descriptions and their benefits

Do you provide your employees with position descriptions OR do you prefer to adopt a more *flexible* approach? The truth is, position descriptions offer many business benefits. Drive employee ownership. Set clear expectations and priorities. Help trace the skills and abilities you seek for the position. Well-written job descriptions complement the hiring process, supporting sound […]

Staff leave during the Christmas shutdown

Do you understand your employer obligations during the Christmas shutdown? If your business is shutting down over Christmas, it’s important to know what happens with staff who don’t have enough annual leave to cover the period. We recently answered this question: QUESTION | We currently offer our team the option to take advanced annual leave […]

Casual Pay Rates 101

Are you hiring casuals over the holiday period? Do you understand casual pay rates and how they work? Our resident HR expert, Lisa has some info to help. *Casual pay rates are broken down into an hourly rate and penalty rates. Depending on the award or agreement, will depend on the hourly rate of pay. […]