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Employment Legislation
  • September 5 2016 Offshoring can reduce operational costs – but the process must be properly managed

    In order to reap the benefits of offshoring non-core competencies, SMBs must effectively communicate the process to onshore staff while ensuring there is cultural transference, according to Scott Stavretis, the CEO of Acquire BPO, Australia’s largest outsourcer to the Philippines. Stavretis recently spoke to Dynamic Business about offshoring including the advantages for businesses, his predictions for the Read More…

  • August 18 2016 Casual hours count towards redundancy pay

    Australian employees will now have their casual employment calculated towards their redundancy entitlements as a result of a recent Fair Work Commission ruling. The Fair Work Commission recently upheld an appeal made by the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union against a decision that allowed engineering and shipbuilding company Forgacs to only calculate the permanent employment period Read More…

  • August 17 2016 What obligations do SMEs owe employees?

    Starting up and successfully running a small business can certainly be overwhelming at times and it is of the utmost importance that you get things right from the very beginning. Your employees are one of your greatest assets, vital in the growth and prosperity of your business. To make the most of this valuable resource Read More…

  • March 15 2016 First hire considerations for the entrepreneur

    There comes a point when you can no longer go it alone. Forget flying solo. The time has come for your first hire, but there are so many considerations before you dive in. It’s early days for your business and you’re wondering if a new person is the growth you need. If it’s time for Read More…

  • March 10 2016 Risks of legal non-compliance

    Undertaking an annual legal health check of your company is one of the best decisions you will make for it’s reputation, growth and for your sanity. Compliance and risk management don’t sound very sexy but they are crucial to having a sound business and are drivers to achieving business excellence – we call it Future-Proofing. Read More…

  • February 18 2016 What to consider when employing your first staff member

    So your business has expanded and you are considering employing your first member of staff.  However, you are not sure whether to employee a full time, contract or even a casual worker.  Before you go ahead start recruiting,  here are some important legal issues to consider when hiring staff: Contractor vs Employee In law, there Read More…

  • January 13 2016 5 Things you need to do to ensure your company is compliant in 2016

    The end of a calendar year marks a moment in time when we consider the goals we set for ourselves and measure them against what we achieved.  We reflect on what went well and what needs improvement and we use those reflections to set our goals for the year ahead.  What we don’t often do Read More…

  • November 13 2015 Three tips for avoiding unfair dismissal claims in your business

    Have you started noticing strange, odd behaviours from an employee? This may be occurring over time and can include the employee being too aggressive, too intimidating or just plain bizarre. If you’re the owner of an SME, you have the right to terminate an employee; however, you may be quite reluctant to dismiss the employee Read More…

  • November 11 2015 The legal industry: fast asleep while technology enables a new model for start-ups

    The challenges for traditional industries are intensifying. After decades in the driving seat, technology is now striking the heart of what some industry sectors have traditionally kept to themselves. And arguably, it’s about time, as a new wave of technology enabled start-ups are finding more efficient ways to deliver services tailored to a client’s needs Read More…

  • October 16 2015 How to ensure workplace bullying doesn’t occur in your business

    Chances are if you’re the owner of an SME, you don’t have a large corporate office or big team. You may not even have separate departments, which means that your small number of staff has to work closely with each other on various tasks to keep the business running. As a result, conflicts in the Read More…

  • September 9 2015 400 businesses in Melbourne and Perth to be audited by FWO

    250 businesses in Melbourne’s Dandenong region will be audited by the Fair Work Ombudsman as part of a new campaign to check that employers are paying the correct minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, allowances, loadings and providing appropriate meal breaks. Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the Dandenong region is home to thousands of businesses Read More…

  • September 1 2015 7-Eleven says model not “dependent” on underpayment and will repay staff

    After a joint investigation by Fairfax and Four Corners uncovering widespread underpayment of staff by 7-Eleven franchisees, 7-Eleven has said in a statement that it will pursue franchisees to repay money owed to present and former staff. Chief Executive Officer, Warren Wilmot said “the viability of the 7-Eleven system is in no way, never has Read More…

  • August 31 2015 7-Eleven store owner faces Court over $50,000 underpayments

    7-Eleven store owner and operator, Harmandeep Singh Sarkaria will face the Federal Circuit Court over allegations that he underpaid two migrant workers almost $50,000 and created erroneous records for the workers. The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) who initiated the legal proceedings has alleged that Mr Sarkaria short-changed one migrant employee from Pakistan $43,633 between 2012 Read More…

  • August 24 2015 Salary packaging as a business tool: Debunking the myths

    Instead of just complying with the fringe benefits tax legislation, why not use it to your advantage? Salary packaging can maximise take-home pay and attract talent. Could salary packaging be a cost-effective way to attract and retain talent? By combining cash salary with other benefits, organisations have greater flexibility to negotiate remuneration, but that’s just one Read More…

  • August 17 2015 Former owner of pizza outlet fined for underpaying employees almost $26,000

    The Federal Circuit Court has fined a former owner of the Crust pizza outlet in Maroubra $3825 for refusing to reimburse 8 underpaid workers. The 8 delivery drivers and sales employees who worked for the former owner, Sotirios Theocharidis, were underpaid a total of $25,995 in 2013. The underpayments were discovered by the Fair Work Read More…