Have you updated your overtime and shift rates yet?

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) regularly publishes updates to aspects of National System workplace laws. In case you missed it, in December 2017, the FWC published its final decision relating to the treatment of overtime rates and other entitlements in some modern awards. These changes centred on part time and casual employees and took effect from the first full pay cycle commencing on or after 1st January this year. Broadly speaking, the changes introduced overtime rates for casual employees in …

Domestic Violence Leave is on its way

Domestic violence can have catastrophic effects on families and often goes well beyond this to affect both the general community and employers (and fellow employees). Although it can affect both genders, it disproportionately affects women. In their 4 yearly review of modern award– Family and Domestic Violence Summary of Decision , the Fair Work Commission (FWC) cites that family and domestic violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health among Australian women aged between 15 and 44. It …

They won’t audit my staff records – will they?

This article is written for national system employers – if you’re not sure which system your business falls under, send us an email and we’ll help you with this. Have you ever wondered what really happens when you find yourself on the end of a Fair Work Ombudsman audit of your compliance with workplace laws? If you’re naughty – or even if you’re just not compliant because you’re uninformed – the likely answer is an infringement of some kind. But what are …

Job growth – is your industry in here?

Well it’s official (sort of). Seek.com has recently released data (March 2018) from the last 12 months confirming the industries that topped their list of job ad growth. It’s perhaps not surprising to everyone West of the border that mining is leading the charge in Australia. The other industries showing job ad growth (images from SEEK.com article and from left to right in order of most growth) are:   The Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business Labour Market …

Are you ready for Single Touch Payroll?

If you haven’t already heard, the way you will report an employee’s tax and super information to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) is changing. This online reporting change is called Single Touch Payroll (STP). Employers with 20 or more employees are now classified as ‘substantial employers’ and they will have mandatory STP reporting of payments such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and superannuation information from 1 July 2018. To find out if you are a …

Why you need a written contract of employment

“I don’t need a big contract of employment because my staff trust me and I pay above the industry – so no problems”. In an ideal world, we’d all get along, know and trust what we were entitled to and never have a disagreement that we couldn’t just shake hands on. I like to personally ‘play with a straight bat’ approach to everything we do but unfortunately, the real world doesn’t always like to reciprocate such good faith; which is …

Resilience is key to building your business

As a child in Scotland, Clare remembers being taught about how Robert the Bruce was despondent at his efforts to secure Scotland’s freedom. As he considered his future after a recent defeat he watched a spider try again and again to reach across a wooden beam. The spider finally managed it on the seventh attempt and Robert was encouraged to pick himself up and dust himself off to fight another day… We’re learning that starting a business, running a business …

Help! My employee is in custody!

It is not uncommon to find that an employee’s personal life sometimes comes crashing into their work place. Perhaps it’s just the Saturday morning netball injury meaning they’re off work for a week  or a more serious illicit drug or alcohol problem where the employee is absent for days at a time (or every second Monday for some reason). But what about when things turn serious and suddenly you find an employee is in custody? Surely these types of examples …

Are you breaching workplace laws without realising it?

Do you know all the workplace laws governing how you pay your employees (overtime, penalties, minimum wages etc) and your pay slip and record-keeping requirements? The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) recently released their findings from a campaign targeting these issues amongst Barossa region employers and found that half the employers investigated were breaching these requirements, some without even realising it. Apart from issuing on-the-spot fines, the FWO also directed the back payment of wages to workers who were affected by …

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Taking on your first employee in your small business

Whether it’s because your business is expanding or you’re replacing someone who has moved on, here are three things to consider that can smooth the process and save you time and headaches later on. 1. Take a step back and be really clear on what you’re looking for from a new employee: In addition to the skills you need now, what might you need in the medium term? Can you recruit someone who can grow with your business? Can you find someone …