Employees returning from unpaid parental leave – How to mitigate discrimination and general protection claims

Posted on October 21, 2019Categories Blog   Leave a comment on Employees returning from unpaid parental leave – How to mitigate discrimination and general protection claims

An employee’s entitlements to return to work after unpaid parental leave (UPPL) are often not given much thought until an employee is due to return. Being aware of your obligations as an employer is instrumental to making sure you are able mitigate potential discrimination and general protections claims. Section 84 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) states that upon ending UPPL, an employee is entitled to return to their pre-parental leave position. It also states that, if an employee’s … Continue reading “Employees returning from unpaid parental leave – How to mitigate discrimination and general protection claims”

How To Tackle Difficult Conversations At Work

Posted on October 16, 2019September 24, 2020Categories Blog   Leave a comment on How To Tackle Difficult Conversations At Work

From delivering performance reviews to saying no to extra projects, difficult conversations are a regular part of work life. The ability to tackle tough issues with tact and respect is an important skill for any professional. By cultivating a culture of trust and openness and fostering strong communication practices, you can successfully navigate tricky topics and help your team thrive. But while that’s easy to say, it’s not always easy to do. Fortunately, there are some steps we can all … Continue reading “How To Tackle Difficult Conversations At Work”

Are employees required to have a probationary period?

Posted on September 23, 2019Categories Blog   Leave a comment on Are employees required to have a probationary period?

In most instances, when offering employment to a new employee, employers have an expectation that the person selected is not only the best fit for the job but, that they will become a high performing and eventually, long-standing employee. However, this is not always the case and having a probationary period can be a useful tool to identify potential issues early in the piece. A probation period is an optional term of employment, during which an employer assesses whether an … Continue reading “Are employees required to have a probationary period?”

Federal Court grants extra sick leave to employees on 12 hour shifts

Posted on September 2, 2019September 2, 2019Categories Blog   Leave a comment on Federal Court grants extra sick leave to employees on 12 hour shifts

In a decision that highlights ongoing issues with the National Employment Standards (NES), the Federal Court has handed down a controversial decision granting Cadbury employees who work 12 hour shifts, 120 hours of personal/carers leave despite only working a 36 hour week. Under the NES employees are entitled to 10 days personal/carer’s leave which accrues progressively based on their ordinary hours of work. The NES does not define what a day is, however, the relevant explanatory material which formed part … Continue reading “Federal Court grants extra sick leave to employees on 12 hour shifts”

Chinatown Broome Town Team celebrates start up

Posted on August 30, 2019August 30, 2019Categories Blog, Uncategorized   Leave a comment on Chinatown Broome Town Team celebrates start up

Chinatown Broome Town Team hosted a Sundowner last night for all Chinatown traders and landowners, celebrating the registration of the local Town Team and collaboration of businesses in the precinct to activate and get Chinatown’s mojo back. The event, held at Broome Gallery, was attended by over 60 local businesses in the precinct, all celebrating the end of Stage 1 of the revitalisation project and keen to here how they can all work together to bring more people to Chinatown … Continue reading “Chinatown Broome Town Team celebrates start up”

Managing injuries that occur outside of the workplace

Posted on August 14, 2019Categories BlogTags , , , ,   Leave a comment on Managing injuries that occur outside of the workplace

My employee needs to be on light duties because of a weekend sport injury (unrelated to work), but we don’t have any roles that meet that requirement, can we terminate them?   Regardless of where an injury occurs, employers have an obligation to support and accommodate their employees safe return to work. Under s352 and s772 (1)(a) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the FW Act), an employee is protected from termination of their employment as a result of … Continue reading “Managing injuries that occur outside of the workplace”

Time to Look at the Big Picture and Have Your Say

Posted on July 17, 2019July 17, 2019Categories Blog, News   Leave a comment on Time to Look at the Big Picture and Have Your Say

A Message from the President A few years ago, I along with many others were fortunate to meet with a group of international investment bankers who were visiting the West Kimberley to look for potential investment opportunities.  At that gathering the leader of the visitors asked the assembled locals an interesting hypothetical question along these lines; “I have $500 million in my back pocket that I want to invest in some new projects in the West Kimberley. I am looking … Continue reading “Time to Look at the Big Picture and Have Your Say”

Can you send the office cougher home

Posted on June 21, 2019Categories Blog, News   Leave a comment on Can you send the office cougher home

CCIWA’s Senior Employee Relations Adviser Andjelika Cabassi answers some common questions about personal leave.   With a record-high number of people already being hit by the flu this year in WA and hospitals straining under the pressure of increased admissions, it’s only a matter of time before you have a “cougher” in the office. So what can you do when every cough and splutter leaves you cringing and worried about what illness may be spreading to all your staff? CCIWA’s … Continue reading “Can you send the office cougher home”

Long service leave – FAQs – Helpful advice for managing your obligations

Posted on June 6, 2019Categories Blog   Leave a comment on Long service leave – FAQs – Helpful advice for managing your obligations

Evolving from our colonial history, Long Service Leave (LSL) was introduced to allow workers to sail home to the United Kingdom, spend time with their family and friends and then sail back to Australia for work. It’s for this reason Australia is one of only two countries where there is a legislated right to LSL. When it comes to managing LSL for employees in Western Australia, there is some flexibility in the way the entitlement can be accessed and managed. … Continue reading “Long service leave – FAQs – Helpful advice for managing your obligations”

Marketing to Asian Tourists: What do They Really Want in a Trip?

Posted on May 27, 2019May 27, 2019Categories Blog   Leave a comment on Marketing to Asian Tourists: What do They Really Want in a Trip?

Marketing to Asian tourists can be incredibly difficult, especially when you’re trying to reach out to people who don’t speak the same language and have a completely different set of wants and needs than your normal customers. One of the keys to building your brand is understanding your target customers and satisfying their needs. If you want to know how to attract Asian tourists, you should first understand what they really want and why your service would appeal to them. … Continue reading “Marketing to Asian Tourists: What do They Really Want in a Trip?”