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Senate passes 457 visa crackdown bill

The restrictions on hiring foreign workers have become tighter with the Senate passing Labor’s 457 foreign worker visa scheme.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

Federal election date announced

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

LAFHA changes: What they mean for SMBs

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.

IR: What’s next for enterprise bargaining?

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?

A look at the seven pillars of workplace safety

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.

Minimum wage rises, employers warned to comply

The national minimum wage rose yesterday, following on from a Fair Work decision last month to boost the pay packets of the country’s lowest paid workers.