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Margot Gallagher

Staff Pulse / Engagement Surveys – how can they help business performance?

Staff Pulse / Engagement Surveys – how can they help business performance?
Much as they'd like to be, when it comes to staffing matters, most business leaders aren't mind readers. Too often, good staff leave an organisation and – by the time leaders realise there were issues - it's too late to try and keep them. Staff Pulse Surveys can give you a great feel for the employee "vibe" in your business and help you to identify...
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Are your Casuals really Casuals?

Are your Casuals really Casuals?
On 16 August 2018 the Full Federal Court delivered a judgment which will likely have wide-ranging implications for the employment of casual employees across Australia. The primary consequences arising from the decision at this stage appear to be that: Regardless of the provisions or an award or enterprise agreement (EA), if an employee has a regula...
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Writing a (legal!) job advertisement

Writing a (legal!) job advertisement
Optus featured in the news for all the wrong reasons last week, after placing a job advertisement seeking "Anglo Saxon" employees for its' Neutral Bay store (refer here for one of the news articles, this one from the ABC). As you might have expected, there was a public outcry and subsequently significant damage to the company, which is now in the p...
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Poor Workplace Behaviour – Don’t end up in the news for all the wrong reasons…

Poor Workplace Behaviour – Don’t end up in the news for all the wrong reasons…
There has in recent weeks been a huge amount reported and written about allegations of harassment (sexual and otherwise), bullying and intimidation against employees – often, but not always, women – by people in more senior positions. Whilst the focus of these allegations, both here in Australia and overseas, has been on the entertainment industry,...
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Why do the good employees leave? Engaging and keeping the “keepers”

Why do the good employees leave? Engaging and keeping the “keepers”
Have you ever wondered why it's the good people in your organisation who move on – yet the "dead wood" effectively quit and stay? Recognising and rewarding talent in your organisation – and engaging those people so that they want to help you succeed in business – is a critical competitive advantage that you possess and should harness. Step 1 is, of...
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Record $660,000 Fine for Wages Underpayment

Record $660,000 Fine for Wages Underpayment
A Melbourne fruit market was recently fined a record $660,000 by the Fair Work Commission for underpaying a newly-arrived refugee worker. The penalty comprised a $16,020 personal fine against the former owner-operator of the fruit market, and $644,000 against the company. The worker was paid as little as $3.50 an hour, as opposed to the Award oblig...
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