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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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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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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

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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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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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

HR Q&A: How Do I Find the Correct Rates of Pay?

Without question, the Fair Work Act and other legislation impacting the employment relationship can be difficult to navigate, particularly for smaller businesses and organisations with little internal professional HR support. And with fines for individual breaches of the Fair Work Act potentially exceeding $60,000, it's little wonder that we end up...
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Greg Mitchell

HR Q&A: How Do I Know Which Award Applies? Determining Award Coverage and Classifications

​Without question, the Fair Work Act and other legislation impacting the employment relationship can be difficult to navigate, particularly for smaller businesses and organisations with little internal professional HR support. And with fines for individual breaches of the Fair Work Act potentially exceeding $60,000, it's little wonder that we end u...
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Greg Mitchell

What I’ve Learnt About HR in Smaller Businesses

 I was recently invited to present to the Australian Human Resources Institute's networking group in the Central West region of NSW on the topic of "HR for Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs)".In addition to sharing our exclusive 8 Elements to Success through People© Model as a means to assess and prioritise value adding people-management...
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Greg Mitchell

What do I need to do - Terminating during Probationary Period

Unless the terminated employee has completed more than 6 or 12 months service with the employer at the time of termination (12 months in the case of a small business with fewer than 15 employees, otherwise 6 months – this is referred to as the "qualifying period"), the employee will generally not be eligible to lodge a claim for unfair dismissal. I...
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Greg Mitchell

Right to Request Flexible Work Arrangements

We recently received a question from an employer who needed to respond to an employee requesting flexible work arrangements (to change from full time to part time and also do some work from home).Q: Can anyone request flexible work arrangements and can I say no?First of all, let's be clear about what we mean by flexible working arrangements. A requ...
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Margot Gallagher

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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Margot Gallagher

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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Greg Mitchell

Are You Aware of Pre-Employment Obligations?

We've been providing our clients with a fair bit of recruitment support lately, so an article by John Wilson and Kieran Pender of Bradley Allen Love in the current edition of HRM (the official magazine of the Australian Human Resources Institute – yes, exciting stuff!), caught my attention.The authors make the valid point that, while most employers...
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Greg Mitchell

6 Ways to P*ss Off Your Staff - Guaranteed!

One of my coaching clients mentioned to me the other day that he was working on some "anti-goals". Rather than focusing on what he wants to achieve in his personal and professional life, he's finding it more helpful to make a list of what he doesn't want (eg. "a job where I have no time for family", "a job with pay that doesn't give me enough incom...
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