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Superannuation Amnesty Continues... for now

 In March this year, the Australian Taxation Office announced a superannuation amnesty for businesses - a one-off opportunity to correct past unpaid superannuation guarantee (SG) amounts without incurring administration charges or penalties of up to 200% of the SG charge.A genuine error with SG payments can compound over successive quarters. T...
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Employers Beware: The Risks of Engaging Casuals

A recent decision of the Full Bench of the Federal Court of Australia (WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020]) has again highlighted the need for employers to closely monitor and manage the working patterns of casual employees to ensure they are working sufficiently irregular patterns of hours.Key to this case was that in each employment contract du...
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There's Never Been a Better Time to be More Agile....

 "Agility" is more than a buzzword in the workplace today; it's a requirement. Organizations must be ready for challenges they couldn't have imagined 5 years ago (COVID-19 anyone?). And every smart company you can think of is undergoing some kind of agile transformation.Agility may be the key 21st-century competency. In a 2020 Wiley survey of ...
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Keeping in Touch During COVID-19

During this uncertain and unprecedented time, many employers have been placed in the position of either having employees working from home, on stand-down, or on leave.Just as you would do if people were at work, it's important that you keep your employees engaged with your business, even if they're not physically present in the workplace. It's part...
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Coronavirus/COVID-19 - Managing Business Downturns and Closures

NOTE: This article includes general information only and should not be regarded as legal advice. While we believe the information below to be current as at the time of writing - 23 March 2020, the situation is changing rapidly. We recommend either seeking professional guidance or reviewing the information currently published by the Fair Work Ombuds...
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Improving Interactions with Others - The S.C.A.R.F. Model

As part of our Short N Sharp session "Navigating Difficult Conversations", we introduce participants to David Rock's S.C.A.R.F. model. The S.C.A.R.F. model provides insight to help people improve their collaborations and interactions with others. In a nutshell, it seeks to explain our natural instinct to avoid conflicts and challenging situations, ...
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Employers Beware! – New Annualised Salary Arrangements

It's reasonably common for employers to choose to pay some of their employees annualised salaries in an effort to incorporate a range of Award provisions such as overtime, leave loading and penalty rates. There are a number of Awards that include specific provisions for these types of arrangements, and such arrangements are often also applied to em...
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Christmas Gift-Giving Tips

At this time of year, lots of employers consider paying their employee a Christmas bonus or providing their employees with a gift, to say thanks for a successful year. This can be a great engagement tool and motivator for staff, but there are a number of things to consider when determining what the most appropriate reward might be. What do people v...
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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?

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 regular ...
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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 po...
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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”

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

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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