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Greg Mitchell

Quick Tips to Navigate the Candidate Shortage

A number of recent articles (including these from the Sydney Morning Herald and SEEK), have highlighted the current challenges for many employers in attracting good candidates for their vacant roles. We've also begun to see this reflected in the market.While the number of jobs being advertised has increased significantly (63% increase this Oct...
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Margot Gallagher

Full-time employees and hours of work – what is “reasonable”?

Under the National Employment Standards (NES), the maximum number of hours of work for a full-time employee is 38 hours per week. What this essentially means is that an employer may not request/require a full-time employee to work more than 38 hours per week unless this request is "reasonable". So, what does "reasonable" actually mean?The Fair Work...
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Greg Mitchell

“Super Stapling” Commences 1st November

​The Federal Government recently made a few changes relevant to superannuation arrangements, a key one of which becomes effective 1st November.From this date, when a person shifts from one employer to another, the new employer must pay the employee's superannuation contributions into the employee's "stapled superannuation fund", or a different fund...
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Greg Mitchell

COVID-19: The Big Questions - Can I mandate that staff be vaccinated? Can I require them to provide evidence?

Perhaps not surprisingly, we're providing our clients with a lot of support at the moment in relation to COVID-19 vaccinations, so we thought we'd address the 2 most common questions:1. Can I mandate that staff be vaccinated?The validity of requiring compulsory vaccinations for any employee effectively comes down to a judgement as to whether t...
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Greg Mitchell

What and why you need to know about: General Protections Claims

 A regular part of the support we provide to employers is helping them to manage the risks associated with employee terminations.While most of the time this involves us providing information and guidance to employers to prevent/defend potential Unfair Dismissal Claims by aggrieved former employees, we often also need to help them manage the ri...
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Greg Mitchell

COVID-19 Information & Resources

** This info is current as at the date of publication - 18th August, 2021 **Needless to say, the COVID pandemic and the regulatory and other responses to the pandemic continue to evolve.We're providing our clients and contacts with regular information and support to manage these difficult and sometimes complex issues. There's also a wealth of ...
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Margot Gallagher

The Role of a Support Person

When the time comes that you need to have a difficult conversation with an employee, particularly in relation to matters such as poor performance, misconduct, potential dismissal or redundancy, it's important that the employee be provided procedural fairness – which includes allowing them to bring a support person to relevant meetings if they choos...
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Greg Mitchell

Responding to COVID Restrictions

The NSW Premier's announcement of additional COVID restrictions this weekend (17th July) has resulted in further challenges for employers and employees alike. If you own or are managing a business impacted by the tighter restrictions (including but not limited to those in the retail, construction and cleaning industries), you may need to consi...
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Margot Gallagher

Did You Know? Minimum shifts for casual employees

Most modern Awards contain a provision that includes the minimum number of hours that a shift can be for casual employees. You'll usually find this provision in the Types of Employment: Casual Employees section of the relevant Award.Most Awards also specify that this also represents the minimum payment a person must receive – which means that if yo...
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Margot Gallagher

Annual Wages Review July 2021

Each year, the Fair Work Commission conducts a review of wages which ordinarily sees an increase in Award rates from 1 July. This years'  review has just concluded, and the Commission has granted a 2.5% increase in the minimum wage that will flow on to all modern Awards.The minimum wage (for an adult employee) will increase to $20.33 per hour....
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Greg Mitchell

Federal Budget 2021: HR Implications

The recent Federal budget contained a number of interesting provisions that employers should be aware of, particularly as you undertake your own budgeting and planning processes for the 2021-2022 financial year. For a full overview of the 2021-2022 budget provisions that potentially have implications for employees and employers, click here. Some of...
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Greg Mitchell

Food for Thought: Employees as Customers?

I was pleased to be invited to join a panel of local business specialists at a recent Back to Business event which also featured the Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.I was asked to address the issue of recruiting and retaining good employees as a means to supporting business success. Fortunately, I'd had some prior warning of the questions (hey...
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Greg Mitchell

Employers be Aware: Changes to Casual Employment

** Article updated 16th April 2021 **While many problems remain with our complex industrial relations system, the Federal Government has at least managed to iron out a couple of issues related to casual employment with the passing of the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 ("the Bill"), earlier this mon...
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Greg Mitchell

HR 101: Types of Employment (full-time, part-time, casual)

This video provides an introduction to the different types of employment: full-time, part-time and casual.To access the video (on Youtube), click on the image to the left or click HERE. The video transcript is below.Note: shortly after production of this video (mid-March 2021), the Federal Government made changes to legislation affec...
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Greg Mitchell

Tips for Conducting Online Job Interviews

​Needless to say, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many of us to adopt and adapt to new ways of working. For those involved in recruitment, one of the many changes has been the dramatic rise in the conduct of online interviews. And, like working-from-home, it's a change that we suspect will likely continue beyond ...
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Greg Mitchell

Authentic Leadership in a VUCA World

I was fortunate a couple of weeks ago to have the opportunity to invest in my own professional development and participate in an online session with Professor Bill George (senior fellow at Harvard Business School, former CEO of Medtronic and the author of: Discover Your True North and The Discover Your True North Fieldbook, Authentic Leadershi...
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Greg Mitchell

COVID - Returning to the Workplace

 Thankfully, things appear to have settled somewhat on the COVID front in NSW, and the government has now removed the public health order requiring employees to work from home where possible.We're getting a few enquiries relating to staff coming back to the workplace, so this article takes a look at a few of the most common questions:Can I dir...
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Greg Mitchell

Canaries, COVID and Culture

Just as canaries were once used to check the gas levels in coalmines (dead canary = no go zone), so COVID has proven to be an indicator of the health, or otherwise, of workplace cultures.We've directly see it play out in the workplaces of our clients and others we've engaged with over the course of this year. Some have been especially challeng...
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Greg Mitchell

Culture for Punks

Those who know me well will know that I like all things beer. I also like books, and obviously have an interest in business. So I was pretty pleased when a few years ago I stumbled across the book "Business for Punks" by James Watt, co-founder of the hugely successful brewing company BrewDog (great beers by the way, try the Punk IPA).In the book, W...
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Greg Mitchell

Paid Personal/Carer's Leave Clarified: August 2020

In a decision that is welcome news for employers (and HR people, accountants, bookkeepers and payroll people alike!), the High Court earlier this month provided some much needed clarification in terms of how paid personal/carer's leave is to be accrued and taken. The decision overrules an earlier controversial decision by the Federal Court [Mondele...
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