Tag Archives: Human Resource Advice

What happens during annual leave if your employee gets sick?

Planning an Easter holiday? With less than one month on the calendar, now is the time to encourage your employees to get their annual leave paperwork rolling. BUT what happens if your employee’s holiday plans get placed on hold because they get sick? Can they opt to take sick leave instead or is it a […]

Changing employee classifications and back pay

Do you understand changing employee classifications and back pay obligations? We were recently asked the following question. QUESTION | An employee has taking on some higher-level tasks. Because of this, I am in the process of changing them from a level 2 classification to a level 3. Am I required to back pay them or it […]

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 […]

Employee notice periods and changing them

Can you change employee notice periods? We were recently asked this question. Our employees currently provide notice based on their years of service but we would like to extend this for every one to four weeks. Can we do this and keep the employer notice period to the National Employment Standard (NES) requirements? Or does […]

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 […]