JobKeeper Payment – Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on April 20, 2020April 20, 2020Categories NewsTags , ,   Leave a comment on JobKeeper Payment – Frequently Asked Questions

On 30 March 2020, the Australian Government announced a new JobKeeper Payment for eligible businesses, to help them retain employees during the COVID-19 crisis and recover quickly afterwards. While businesses are strongly encouraged to contact their accountants to discuss their eligibility, this is what we know so far. Please note: The JobKeeper Payment has now passed through Parliament. There are key steps (outlined below) that small business owners need to take to be eligible for the first round of payments … Continue reading “JobKeeper Payment – Frequently Asked Questions”

Fair Work Commission responds to COVID-19 Pandemic: Award Variations

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In a statement released by the Fair Work Commission Full Bench (FWCFB) on 1 April 2020 they provided their provisional view on temporary changes to be made to 103 Modern Awards in response to the current COVID-19 Pandemic. These changes are aimed at providing more flexibility for employers and protection for their employees during these unprecedented times. The proposed changed include the ability to access unpaid leave, which the FWCFB refers to as “unpaid pandemic leave”, and to access annual … Continue reading “Fair Work Commission responds to COVID-19 Pandemic: Award Variations”

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”

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”

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”