Are you underpaying your employees? 

  One of the most common mistakes employers make is not paying their staff correctly. And, while often unintentional, the smallest errors add up over time, and can lead to large problems. Recent cases before industrial tribunals have resulted in companies having to repay significant sums of money, causing major cash flow issues for the […]

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Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

  While some people are still packing away their flags and banners from the AFL Grand Final (well done to the Western Bulldogs!), many companies are preparing for the next public holiday.  The next public holiday for Victorian employees is the Melbourne Cup holiday on 1 November. If the 1st of November is a day that […]

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Coaching Your Team to Success

  One of the most rewarding parts of being a manager is coaching a team member to successful performance. Coaching is a skill that can be learned and refined in the same way that you can learn and refine any skill. Coaching differs from traditional management. Traditional management often involves telling employees exactly what to […]

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Exiting an Employee – What Do You Need to Do?

One of your employees has just handed in their notice – right at the worst possible time for your business. What should you do? When an employee gets to the point of handing in their notice, they have already psychologically left your business. Avoid asking “What would it take to make you stay”, or offering […]

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Managing Return To Work After Injury

Unfortunately, accidents do happen.  Car accidents, workplace accidents, sporting injuries, stress, cancer, or simply slipping over when you do the weekly shop all create injuries that can require extended time off work. Getting people to return to work as quickly as possible is good for both you as a business, and for the employee in […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Poor Performers

  Does your workplace have a complainer, a stirrer, someone who doesn’t pull their weight, or someone who makes sexist or derogatory remarks? If you have a poor performer (this extends to behaviour!) in your workplace the temptation is to ignore it and hope it goes away, or that they resign so you don’t have […]

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Are Your Casuals Really Part-Time Employees?

  Casuals are great for a workforce. When used correctly, they allow for peaks and troughs of work, ensure coverage for your full span of opening hours, and cover for other people’s holidays and breaks. But when is a casual really a part-time employee? The Fair Work Act is silent on the definition of the […]

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5 Tips to Help Your New Employee Succeed

  Every new employee comes to a job hoping to succeed. How they are treated during their first few days on the job (in fact it starts during the interview process!) will set the tone for your business relationship for the term of their employment. 1.  Prepare for the new hire  Ensure you have organised […]

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Coaching Your Team to Success

  One of the most rewarding parts of being a manager is coaching a team member to successful performance. Coaching is a skill that can be learned and refined in the same way that you can learn and refine any skill. Coaching differs from traditional management. Traditional management often involves telling employees exactly what to […]

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HR Essentials Before You Hold Your Christmas Party

HR Essentials Before You Hold Your Christmas Party It’s Christmas party time – the time of year when managers and employees get to let their hair down and celebrate the year that was. However, it is also a recipe for more than just a hangover if not handled correctly. Here are eight things to consider […]

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Essential HR Guide to Fair Work Compliance

Introduction If you employ people in your business, the main piece of legislation that covers Australian workers is the Fair Work Act. This massive document outlines how our workplace relations system operates, including the different tribunals and agencies that administer the legislation. In this guide we will look at the essential things you need to […]

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Genuine redundancy or unfair dismissal?

  If a dismissal is a genuine redundancy it will not be an unfair dismissal. Under Commonwealth workplace laws, a person’s dismissal is a ‘genuine redundancy’ if: the employer no longer needs the person’s job to be done by anyone because of changes in the operational requirements of the business, and the employer followed any […]

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Do I have to give my employee a warning?

  Employers should give employees warnings in writing before ending their employment. While you don’t have to give warnings, if an employee makes an unfair dismissal claim, the Fair Work Commission may consider whether you gave the employee a warning or gave them an opportunity to improve their performance. Warnings should be given in writing […]

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Contractor or Employee?

  There are a number of things that can help tell the difference between an employee and a contractor. There isn’t one thing that makes the difference on its own – you need to consider everything together. Employees usually: do ongoing work that is controlled by their employer work hours they’re told to work by […]

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Hiring a new employee?

Make sure you give them a Fair Work Information Statement. Employers are required to give all new employees a Fair Work Information Statement before, or as soon as possible after, they commence working. The Fair Work Information Statement is available in 27 languages and includes information about: workplace rights and entitlements termination of employment the National Employment Standards […]

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Evans Faull Recruitment has launched!

  Over the past 12 months we have been listening to our clients about their HR needs and concerns. What has come through loud and clear is that one of the biggest problems they face is recruitment. This is why we have now established a dedicated Recruitment Division within Evans Faull; and have engaged Jennifer Bailey, […]

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Changes to privacy law – what you need to know

  From March 2014, public sector organisations and private businesses will face significantly more stringent privacy requirements and the prospect of stronger civil penalties if they do not comply. All businesses collecting and/or dealing with personal information in Australia or from Australian residents will need to review their privacy procedures to ensure they are compliant. […]

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2014 Public Holidays

  This is the list of 2014 public holidays generally observed in Victoria. New Year’s Day - Wednesday 1 January. Australia Day - Monday 27 January*. Labour Day - Monday 10 March. Good Friday - Friday 18 April. Saturday after Good Friday - Saturday 19 April. Easter Monday - Monday 21 April. Anzac Day - Friday 25 April. Queen’s Birthday - Monday 9 June. Melbourne Cup - Tuesday 4 […]

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New anti-bullying measures are coming

  Legislation was passed in June this year that introduces new anti-bullying measures that take place from 1 January 2014. The changes include the provision that if an employee believes a bullying claim is not being dealt with appropriately by the employer, they can go directly to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for assistance with […]

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Family friendly changes to the Fair Work Act

  Legislation was passed in June this year that introduces family friendly changes to the Fair Work Act. These changes, effective from 1 July 2013, are significant for employers and are summarised below: Pregnant women can transfer to a safe job even if they haven’t worked for their employer for 12 months Employees can take […]

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Are your employees & colleagues OK?

  Thursday 12 September is RU OK Day  which is about making sure that the people you know are OK. At work, asking someone if they’re OK can mean a lot. Having meaningful conversations and genuinely caring about your staff and colleagues can help to improve staff morale and productivity. What is RU OK Day? […]

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Minimum wage increased by 2.6%

  In its annual review, the Fair Work Commission’s Minimum Wage Panel has today ordered an increase of 2.6% to all minimum weekly pay rates contained in modern awards. An equivalent increase will apply to the hourly award rates, calculated on a 38 hour week. The federal minimum wage for award-free employees will also increase […]

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Superannuation Increases

  In 2012 the Federal Government announced an increase in the compulsory superannuation contributions, with this legislation to take effect from 1 July 2013. Thus, from 1 July this year, the super guarantee rate is going up.  The rate will increase gradually over the next 7 years from 9% to 12% by 2019. If you […]

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