Employment Legislation
  • July 2 2013 Labor’s Small Business tokenism: opinion

    Senator Scott Ryan, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business & Fair Competition says Senate Estimates hearings are a chance to directly question the officials who run government, as opposed to the theatre of parliamentary question time.

  • June 28 2013 Are you ready for the new pay rates?

    The Annual Wage Review decision increased minimum wages by 2.6 per cent from the first full pay period on, or after, 1 July – are you ready?

  • May 31 2013 Are you complying with the industry awards governing your employees?

    Industry awards are often a cause for confusion among employers, and misinterpretation of the rules that can leave businesses vulnerable to penalties.

  • April 10 2013 What you need to know about changes to superannuation (part 3)

    In the last of our three-part series covering the upcoming superannuation legislation changes, we cover the new MySuper default fund and the new director’s responsibilities.

  • April 8 2013 What you need to know about changes to super (part 1)

    As a business owner, you are probably aware that there are some changes planned to superannuation and the minimum requirements paid to employees. However, do you know exactly what they are, and how they will affect your business?

  • January 30 2013 Federal election date announced

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard, in a surprise announcement, has released the date of the next Federal election.

  • January 26 2013 Social and community sector workers receive pay rise

    Eligible businesses in the social and community sector would have received their first pay rise in December 2012 after the government’s ‘top up’ of employee wages.

  • November 20 2012 You’re not too small to worry about HR

    Attracting and retaining the best talent is vital for businesses of all sizes, and ensuring you are up to date with employment legislation is a necessity for all business owners.

  • October 25 2012 6 rules for dealing with workplace accidents

    Accidents happen. If one of your employees gets injured, it can have a big impact on your business. Following some simple rules can make all the difference when you have a workers compensation claim.

  • September 25 2012 Which super fund is right for your employees?

    Although generally employers and employees want the same things from a super fund, there are some key differences to take into account when choosing the default super fund for an organisation. Consider these four important points when deciding on a fund for your staff.

  • September 7 2012 Debunking major employment contract myths

    Employment contracts are common practice and serve as a written agreement between employer and employee. Surprisingly, many employers still engage employees without any finalised terms of employment.

  • August 6 2012 Why workplace safety should be part of the planning process

    WorkSafe have found that safety in many SMBs isn’t delegated to a responsible party, and is instead juggled on an ad hoc basis. This lack of planning has far-reaching impacts on a business’ ability to cut costs, especially WorkCover premiums. Here’s how to integrate workplace safety into your other business functions.

  • July 30 2012 How to ensure the fairness of workplace investigations

    When investigating a workplace incident or situation that could have a detrimental effect on the rights, interests or expectations of an employee, procedural fairness must apply. This is especially true if the action is likely to lead to the termination or demotion of the employee. Here’s how to ensure procedural fairness factors in your workplace investigations.

  • July 20 2012 How to manage workplace theft and negligence

    Controls on loss of product through theft and accident are especially important when margins are tight. SMBs are exposed to loss in a number of ways, so here are some expert tips for how this issue is best managed.

  • July 19 2012 Do you measure up to the first pillar of workplace safety?

    In a bid to lessen the complexities around business owner’s roles and responsibilities to OHS, WorkSafe has developed the ‘Seven Pillars of Safety’. The first pillar sets out clear top down responsibility, delegation and KPI’s for OHS and Return To Work (RTW). How well does your business measure up?