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Respect at Work: How will it impact your business?

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The Respect at Work Act will see milestone changes to workplace sexual harassment laws in Australia Workplaces must prepare for significant changes to sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, and victimisation laws after the Parliament of Australia passed the Respect at Work Act in November 2022. It received Royal Assent, on 12 December 2022 and Australian workplaces will […]

Ho…Ho…No! How to avoid HR issues at your work Christmas party

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Work Christmas parties offer a great opportunity to celebrate the year’s work, but they can also cause HR hangovers if not effectively managed. Work Christmas parties are a great way to celebrate with your staff and are often eagerly anticipated events. However, they’re also notorious for alcohol-fuelled incidents such as sexual harassment and safety breaches, […]

Flexible working arrangements for employees

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Flexible working arrangements for employees: what should I know? Which employees are eligible to apply for flexible working arrangements, and how should employers manage these requests? The Covid pandemic has prompted dramatic changes to Australian work culture. As a result, flexible working arrangements for employees are becoming the norm rather than the exception. And there’s […]

Best-practice tips for addressing employee performance issues

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An under-performing employee can present significant management challenges, but timely and effective intervention is the key to getting things back on track Employee under-performance can happen for many reasons and can impact your entire organisation if not effectively managed. It’s critical to: Protect your staff Maintain productivity Avoid legal problems These things require careful handling, […]

Important update on changes to casual employment

Effective Saturday 27 March 2021, the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) was amended introducing changes to workplace rights and obligations for casual employees. The following are key changes that have been introduced: Casual Employment Information Statement Definition for casual employment Right to casual conversion (convert a casual employee to permanent employment) Casual loading offset […]

How to manage underperforming employees

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Managing people comes with the territory of running a business, and having to deal with an underperforming or uncooperative employee is something most business owners will encounter at one stage or another.  Knowing how to deal with an underperforming employee can be challenging, but it’s important as an employer to ensure you are handling these […]

Understanding the Importance of Employment Contracts

Whilst employment contracts aren’t a legal requirement in Australia, when in place they are a legally binding document between an employer and an employee.  Many employers have found themselves engaged in costly and unnecessary disputes with employees, most commonly around entitlements because they failed to frame the working relationship with a clear, written contract. Whilst […]

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