BCCI – COVID19 REGIONAL BUSINESS INFORMATON

Posted on March 30, 2020March 30, 2020Categories Blog   Leave a comment on BCCI – COVID19 REGIONAL BUSINESS INFORMATON

The Broome Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) is a not-for-profit MEMBER BUSINESS ASSOCIATION.  We are here to help Broome and West Kimberley businesses of all sizes navigate through information and adapt to changing times and we are available to do this one-on-one.  We live and breathe business in the region. To support the wider business community, we have summarised information already available in the public domain.  BCCI members to date have received more detailed information and support. STIMULUS PACKAGE … Continue reading “BCCI – COVID19 REGIONAL BUSINESS INFORMATON”

Let’s break it down – the Second Economic Stimulus Package in response to Coronavirus COVID-19

Posted on March 23, 2020March 23, 2020Categories BlogTags , , , ,   Leave a comment on Let’s break it down – the Second Economic Stimulus Package in response to Coronavirus COVID-19

Yesterday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced an additional $66.1 billion in the second stimulus spending package to cushion the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy. This measure, combined with the first $17.6 billion package and the $90 billion and $15 billion injected into the financial system by the Reserve Bank of Australia and Government respectively, cumulates to $189 billion or 9.7 per cent of GDP in total stimulus. The four main objectives still hold: … Continue reading “Let’s break it down – the Second Economic Stimulus Package in response to Coronavirus COVID-19”

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Stimulus Package – What does this mean for your business?

Posted on March 13, 2020Categories Blog   Leave a comment on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Stimulus Package – What does this mean for your business?

In response to the Coronavirus, the Government yesterday announced a range of measures to assist business and individuals. These measures are all subject to the passage of legislation through Parliament. Business Investment $700 million to increase the instant asset write off threshold from $30,000 to $150,000 and expand access to include businesses with aggregate annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million). This measure will run until 30 June 2020. $3.2 billion to back business investment by … Continue reading “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Stimulus Package – What does this mean for your business?”

New annualised wage provisions – what does this mean for my business?

Posted on February 25, 2020Categories Blog, NewsTags , , , ,   Leave a comment on New annualised wage provisions – what does this mean for my business?

From 1 March 2020, new rules for annualised salaries will make keeping timesheets and conducting yearly pay reviews compulsory for some businesses. The rules also restrict how long employers have to compensate workers for underpayment. The Fair Work Commission’s update to 18 Modern Awards is intended to ensure workers on annualised wages are not worse off than those paid an hourly or weekly wage. Members who have employees on annualised wage arrangements, pay their employees a flat rate of pay … Continue reading “New annualised wage provisions – what does this mean for my business?”

Employment Records – What are our obligations?

Posted on January 28, 2020January 28, 2020Categories BlogTags , ,   Leave a comment on Employment Records – What are our obligations?

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) governs a national system employers’ record keeping obligations when it comes to employees. The FW Act states that an employer must make, and keep, employee records (as prescribed by the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (FW Regs) in relation to each of its employees for 7 years. Employers must make and keep records relating to the following (this list is not exhaustive): Basis of employment (i.e. full time, part time or casual) Wages … Continue reading “Employment Records – What are our obligations?”

LinkedIn reveals the skills employers want this year in Australia

Posted on January 17, 2020January 28, 2020Categories BlogTags , , ,   Leave a comment on LinkedIn reveals the skills employers want this year in Australia

The most useful skills Aussies need to land a job or succeed at work have been revealed. But one stands out among the rest. A LinkedIn analysis of 10 million Australian profiles revealed it was the most-sought soft skill, followed by teamwork, persuasion, adaptability and time management. LinkedIn Learning Solutions senior director for Asia Pacific Jason Laufer said organisations needed people who could take a new approach to tasks. “This could be (applied to anyone from) software engineers to HR … Continue reading “LinkedIn reveals the skills employers want this year in Australia”

Entitlements for volunteer firefighters

Posted on January 3, 2020Categories Blog   Leave a comment on Entitlements for volunteer firefighters

With fire season in full swing, volunteer firefighters may be called in to assist with emergency management and bushfire activities. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) works with over 26,000 volunteers in Western Australia fighting over 9,000 total fires in the state in the last financial year, with 5014 of those being bush fires. Many employers may unknowingly employ volunteer firefighters who help combat the fires, and those employees will be able to access community service leave entitlements. … Continue reading “Entitlements for volunteer firefighters”

Managing Christmas on a “Budget” – Public Holidays, Award Penalties and Other Considerations

Posted on December 16, 2019Categories Blog   Leave a comment on Managing Christmas on a “Budget” – Public Holidays, Award Penalties and Other Considerations

Christmas can be a stressful and costly time of year for employers. Managing rosters, minimizing public holiday penalties, and ensuring you have sufficient staffing to meet service requirement can be a lot to consider. It can be easy to get caught out with unexpected costs over the Christmas and New Year period when you are not fully aware of your payment obligations. Here are a few things to consider when planning staffing over the period. 1. Penalty Rates – When … Continue reading “Managing Christmas on a “Budget” – Public Holidays, Award Penalties and Other Considerations”

Workplace Festive Functions – What do you need to consider?

Posted on November 25, 2019Categories Blog, News   Leave a comment on Workplace Festive Functions – What do you need to consider?

When it comes to workplace social events such as the end of year festivities around Christmas and New Year, employers responsibilities for the health and safety of their employees is just as important at these events as it is in the normal day to day workplace. It is important to take a number of key elements into consideration when choosing to hold an end of year function for your employees. Your choices in planning the event will not only ensure … Continue reading “Workplace Festive Functions – What do you need to consider?”

Employees resigning in the ‘heat of the moment’ – When a resignation is not a resignation

Posted on October 28, 2019Categories BlogTags ,   Leave a comment on Employees resigning in the ‘heat of the moment’ – When a resignation is not a resignation

When going through performance management or disciplinary action, quite often an employee can become stressed or frustrated and, in some instances, these emotions can escalate to the employee proclaiming they have “had enough” or “I’m resigning” followed by the employee leaving the workplace. This article explores the risks and best practise for dealing with a resignation that occurs in the ‘heat of the moment’.  Has my employee resigned? A resignation generally occurs when an employee voluntarily decides to terminate their … Continue reading “Employees resigning in the ‘heat of the moment’ – When a resignation is not a resignation”