Penalty rate cuts due to take effect next month

In this eBulletin we take a look at the Fair Work Commission’s latest decision, and touch on the possibility that the phase in period could be further delayed by unions seeking an on-going stay while they challenge the penalty rates decision in the Federal Court.  Read more...

Bulletin - Issue 1, 2017

Our Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin contains articles on topical issues for employers. In this edition: if you can rely on a criminal record to make employment decisions; when post-employment restraints can be justified; and whether an employer can investigate an employee’s Facebook page without breaking privacy laws.
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Abolition of 457 visas: The impact on employers

In this eBulletin, we summarise the Government's changes to the 457 visa program and look at how this may affect workplaces, including whether the changes are likely to increase the burden on businesses seeking to fill a skills need within their organisation. We also reflect on some of the workplace issues that may need to be considered going forward.  Read more...

"You're fired!" When can you sack someone without notice?

It's a brave new world. Donald Trump, the former reality TV star, has become the 45th President of the United States. He has come a long way from being known for the catchphrase "You're fired!", which was regularly used to hand down a summary execution of a wannabe Donald Trump or a hapless celebrity. Unfortunately, as much as managers might think (or hope) that they can also fire underperforming or misbehaving employees on the spot, the law does not normally allow for such immediate decisions to be made.  Read more...

The Fraud Frustration: what can you do to minimise the fallout?

The difference between a thief and an angel can often come down to opportunity. For many people, the chance to pocket a few extra dollars can prove to be a temptation all too difficult to resist, regardless of their actual need for the ill-gotten profits — think the office stationery cupboard and the unnecessary need for all those staplers...  Read more...

Gardening leave: good for growth, or should it be put out to pasture?

Many of us no doubt enjoy the "being paid" part of work more than the "actually putting in effort" part. But what if you find yourself sent home when you'd rather be working? Some unwilling employees find themselves in this unenviable position when the end of their employment is nigh and their employers direct them to stay home on "gardening leave", rather than coming to the workplace and doing anything productive.  Read more...

Cracking the code (of conduct)

"We are responsible for conducting the business affairs of the companies in accordance with all applicable laws and in a moral and honest manner."
"We treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves."
"We work with customers and prospects openly, honestly and sincerely."
"We are satisfied with nothing less than the very best in everything we do. We will continue to raise the bar for everyone."  Read more...

Cybersecurity: Using your employees as the first line of defence

What poses the greatest cybersecurity risk to your business? Is it cyber vigilantes trying to make the world a better place, like the so called "Impact Team" who stole user data from the extramarital affair-enabling website Ashley Madison in 2015?  Read more...

Ready, set... investigate!

So you've decided to investigate the great case of who's been etching "humorous" messages into the office bathroom's cubicle walls. No doubt you read our previous article on when a workplace investigation might be required, and on that basis have decided to embark upon this undertaking. But is the answer elementary?  Read more...

The office Christmas party: Beware mistletoe misfortunes

There is a lot to gain from a well-run office Christmas party. It allows staff a chance to celebrate and be recognised for their achievements over the past year. It may be the only time each year that people see one another outside of the office environment. Morale and productivity may increase if a business is seen to care about its workers and their wellbeing.  Read more...

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