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Greg Mitchell

JobKeeper 2.0 - Update

The JobKeeper scheme has been a godsend to many small businesses and their employees endeavouring to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic over the last few months, While initially scheduled to end in late September, the federal Government yesterday (22/07/20) announced an extension and changes to the scheme. This article details key featu...
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Margot Gallagher

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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Margot Gallagher

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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Greg Mitchell

Fair Work Act JobKeeper Provisions

A series of temporary changes have been made to the Fair Work Act. The changes apply (only) to employers who have qualified for the JobKeeper scheme and their eligible employees. At this stage, the changes are effective until 28th September 2020.The changes are designed to support the implementation and operation of the JobKeeper scheme and essenti...
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Greg Mitchell

COVID-19 Resources

​As a support to our clients and contacts, we've put together a comprehensive resources page with a range of helpful information relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page includes information to help you:Manage your employees Access Government assistance and subsidies Managing working remotely / work from home Managing mental health and wellbeing...
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Margot Gallagher

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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Greg Mitchell

Coronavirus/COVID-19 - Leave Arrangements

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 - 24 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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Greg Mitchell

Leading in Times of Crisis

Among many other things, the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has caused me to think about leadership during times of crisis. While we look to the world's political leaders to provide us with information, support and guidance, people are also looking to their local community and business leaders to help them through these difficult times. A recent art...
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Margot Gallagher

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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Margot Gallagher

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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Greg Mitchell

Fair Work News/Changes (Feb 2020)

Fair Work Information StatementThe Fair Work Commission has recently updated the Fair Work Information Statement that all employers are required to provide to new employees upon commencement. The Information Statement outlines minimum employment entitlements that apply to all employees of your business. Whilst the provisions are essentially the sam...
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Greg Mitchell

Kill the Performance Review! (or maybe not)

"Performance Reviews: Get Rid of Them" – www.theage.com.au 15/02/15 "Businesses Should Boycott Performance Reviews" – www.afr.com 05/03/14 "Performance Reviews: Is it Time to Kill Them?" – www.executivestyle.com.au 30/06/14 The headlines say it all really – the performance review has been under sustained attack for the last 5 years o...
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Surviving the Growing Pains! – Managing Staff in a Period of Growth

One of the common features of many of the businesses we come into contact with is that they are experiencing a period of rapid growth. They have a proven product or service, they're doing the right thing by their customers and they're reaping the rewards of their efforts – terrific! But life is not always wine and roses as they say, and a...
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Greg Mitchell

Managing the Risk of Employee Terminations

​I don't know if it's something in the winter air, but we have in recent weeks received an unusual number of requests from business owners and managers seeking assistance to manage the risks associated with terminating employees after sustained poor performance, or in cases of misconduct.And it appears that they are right to be wary - recent statis...
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Here's an I.D.E.A. - Provide Effective Feedback!

​A common challenge for many supervisors and managers when it comes to managing people is providing effective feedback. This is particularly the case where they need to give feedback to a team member who is presently not meeting expectations and/or where they have done something wrong. Some supervisors and managers become paralysed by fear tha...
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EnableHR Feature of the Month: Contractor Management

We've had some great success lately helping our clients to better manage their HR and WHS responsibilities by supporting the implementation of EnableHR, a web-based system already in use by over 8,000 Australian organisations.Each month we highlight a specific feature of EnableHR. This month, we take a look at Contractor Management. Click the image...
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“WHERE ARE THEY?”: Addressing Staff Absenteeism

It's 8.00am or so, you're alone in the office pondering the mountain of paperwork. The phone rings. It's Jill…"..bit of a cough, won't be in today". A couple more minutes tick by…ring, ring….."It's Bob, kids are sick and I need to take them to the doctor…can't make it in." Familiar story?.... Unscheduled staff absenteeism can be a sizeable problem ...
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Greg Mitchell

Managing Risk - The Evidence

We are sometimes asked about "the evidence" to support our exclusive 8 Elements to Success through People(c) Model (fair enough too!), so if you need some more information on why we recommend you manage risk within your business then check out our latest infographic. Click on the image to view.

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Margot Gallagher

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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Margot Gallagher

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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