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 …

Christmas shutdown

Christmas shutdowns…two steps to avoiding the ‘naughty list’

You’ve had a great 2018 and the Christmas decorations seem to have been in the shops…well… just a tad early this year. Like organising whose house the family Christmas lunch will be at, you know this means it’s time for you to start planning the Christmas / New Year shut down for your business. Or perhaps you need to plan working through for your clients (e.g. like many in the hospitality industry for example)? Either way, this crazy time of …

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 …

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 …