Redundancy 101

Business owners of all shapes and sizes will know that operating a business comes with a few risks. One of those risks can include what to do when a business is faced with some hard choices around its operations and the potential need for making people redundant….made harder when it’s having to be done at a time of year that might see a holiday about to happen. To help you address this issue, we’ve brought together some simple steps to …

casual offsetting

How to end casual ‘double dipping’

The Australian employment environment was rocked last year following the Federal Court of Australia decision in Workpac v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131. In short, this decision found that employers who incorrectly classify employees as casual instead of full-time or part-time could be responsible for back paying various entitlements under the National Employment Standards (NES). An immediate cry went up that this was effectively allowing ‘double-dipping’ for casuals to receive their casual loading (to cover not receiving the benefits of a permanent employee) …

Probation periods

Do probation periods matter?

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why contracts have a probation period in them? [1] You might think it’s to *protect* a business from unfair dismissals and to remove reasons for explaining termination (a.k.a ‘why it’s just not working out’)’. But what if I told you blindly relying on a probation period in your contract to guarantee both of these reasons can actually lead to problems? Before you skip ahead to the 4 simple steps to better probation periods …

SIck leave and under performance

Handling personal leave and under-performance – tips that work.

Getting sick is a fact of life but what happens when an employee is also starting to slowly under-perform and you’re finding it hard to broach the topics? This scenario is made all the harder because you know: If you terminate an employee for taking an entitlement to leave, you’ll face some very stiff consequences (called an ‘adverse action’). If you manage the employee’s under-performance and in any way make it because of taking leave – there remain stiff consequences …

First aid for performance

Apply First-Aid to your performance issues in 3 easy steps

Chances are that regular readers and clients will have heard me quip at least once that ‘if I could earn a dollar just for kick starting a discussion about performance with employees I’d be a very wealthy man‘! This is perhaps a slight exaggeration but it has its basis in the fact that I’m regularly involved in discussions about an employee ‘just not performing’ or ‘not being part of the team’. For the record, if you own or manage a …

Want people to accept changes at work? These tips can make the difference.

  Leading your team through change at work can be fun… … just as working out how to influence people to deliver positive outcomes for your stakeholders can be energising. Personally, I’ve found that working in environments where people can be their best selves at work, and where managers tap into people’s interest in doing good quality work, is good for the soul. But some conditions can make that work easier or harder… I was recently listening to a podcast …

Resignation letter

The art of acceptance…of resignation.

Be your business big or small there will come a time that an employee decides for you that they are leaving. Sometimes it is someone you don’t want to lose while in other cases, it might just be a blessing in disguise. Either way, there is a reason you will want to make sure it is clear that the resignation is being accepted when it happens. Here’s why Quite simply, it reduces the chances of you being exposed to claims of …

Independent contractor

To be or not to be (an Independent Contractor)

… that is the question. (thanks to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act III, Scene I for this shameless rip-off!) Script for a beleaguered employer ‘Hi’ says a worker you’ve used on and off now for a while. ‘I’ve been thinking about becoming a contractor and working for you through my own ABN, and well, I’ve taken the plunge and got my number approved!’ they say chirpily and without pause for you to return the ‘hi’. They have, however, caught your attention and so you …

Backpay above award payment

Paying above the award? Do it right the first time.

You’ve worked hard to make sure you’re competitive by paying your people a good wage for the work you need them to do and for your industry. Perhaps to the point that you pay a higher flat rate so you also don’t have the stress of constantly calculating overtime and all those confusing allowances? So it’s a bit of surprise one day to find that you’re still liable for back pay on overtime and allowances when a disgruntled employee asks …

employee body odour

What’s the most dreaded employee conversation?

If you said having to address an employee’s bad body odour then you’re certainly not alone!  The first time I heard this example from someone, I was struck by the terror they felt at getting it wrong. They hadn’t started the day to cross socially acceptable boundaries like this let alone with an employee with protections from a poorly handled insult to their dignity! Given I recently heard this as yet another example of the worst conversation to have with an …