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.
Industry awards are often a cause for confusion among employers, and misinterpretation of the rules that can leave businesses vulnerable to penalties.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
As of 1 October, the provision of a Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) will be treated as income to employees and businesses will need to assess entitlements and employment terms and conditions under the new rules. Here's what you need to know about managing the allowance.
As with most IR topics, enterprise bargaining has taken its fair share of beatings. Employer groups continue to call for tighter controls and unions call for loosening of the chains. But what will the next era hold for this contentious industrial relations issue?
All SMBs should integrate workplace safety into business management systems, practice prevention rather than reaction and show commitment from owners to the process. Use the seven pillars of safety as a guideline to making this happen in your business.