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Update on Anti Harassment Order

by Melissa Behrend | Jul 23, 2021
In our blog HR and the law: recent updates to workplace sexual harassment, we outlined that the Federal Government released a Roadmap for Respect which focused more on employers taking proactive, positive steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.   ....
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Work from home: ‘parasitic employers’ or a win/win for all?

by Melissa Behrend | Jul 14, 2021
There are some strong feelings about employees working from home on both sides of the fence. Whatever your personal position, there are certainly some lasting changes as a result of the pandemic. The important thing for your business is to make sure that you’re on the front foot about expectations and transparency with your employees.   Harry Triguboff, billionaire developer, calls employers who support work from home ‘parasites’   Harry Triguboff is an Australian property developer with strong opinions about the work from home reality for many businesses and workers because of the pandemic. He has called bosses who allow employees to work from home ‘parastites’ because, according to Harry, flexible working arrangements threaten both productivity and occupancy of city office spaces. In his opinion, the Meriton founder, who is worth an estimated $11 billion, estimates that employees are only “working half the time”. Harry’s sentiments are echoed in America by Goldman Sachs CEO, David Solomon who has called remote work an “aberration” and “not a new normal”.   However, there is a distinct lack of evidence to Harry’s claims and David’s sentiments about flexible work. What is clear, however, is that many employees are thriving under the new HR arrangements. According to a recent survey conducted by the enterprise software giant Atlassian, 77% of workers who participated in the study believed their overall work life balance has improved because of working from home. The company’s work ....
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Changes that will impact your business from July 1, 2021.

by Melissa Behrend | Jun 28, 2021
With the new financial year not too far away, there are some significant changes which you need to be aware of in the month of July.    Commencing on 1 July 2021 the superannuation guarantee has increased by 0.5% to 10%.  The plan is that superannuation rate will increase at a rate of 0.5% each year until it reaches 12%.  Employers will need to ensure that their payroll systems or payroll providers update the current payroll settings to reflect this.    The federal government also outlined other changes to superannuation in the Federal Budget this year and for more information please click on the link.   ....
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HR and the law: recent updates to workplace sexual harassment you need to know about

by Melissa Behrend | Jun 17, 2021
There’s a lot going in in the world and in your business. It can be easy to miss important changes to HR legislation that impact your employees. That’s why we’ve created this timely summary of recent updates and upcoming legislation to the way employers are required to address sexual harassment in the workplace.   Why it’s important to stay informed Keeping on top of changes to HR legislation and industrial reforms means you can be sure your business is compliant and that you are doing the right things by the law and by your employees. This is especially critical during these unprecedented and disruptive pandemic times when it can be easy to become overloaded with information and miss important updates.  ....
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Making KPIs work for your business – 6 things you need to know

by Melissa Behrend | Jun 11, 2021
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are metrics used to track an organisation’s or an employee’s progress towards a business goal or objective. It is a powerful tool for managers but one that is sometimes misunderstood or incorrectly implemented. Here’s how to get it right.   KPIs are the link between where your business wants to go and how it will get there   KPIs are measurable values that help managers understand how well the company and its employees are tracking against important business objectives or goals. Understanding and using KPIs effectively is an extremely powerful way to manage business performance and motivate employees. But there are some key things you need to know and get right to make KPIs work for you:  ....
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IR Reforms and your business. How does the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2020 affect you?

by Melissa Behrend | Jun 2, 2021
The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 represents the most substantial reforms to Australia's industrial system since the Fair Work Act was introduced in 2009.     The Bill was designed to support Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Its goal is to stimulate job growth and support struggling businesses, as well as to protect and enhance the rights of workers.     It’s vital for business owners to stay on top of these important changes.   ....
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Get HR Fit for the new financial year Step 3: HR policies and procedures

by Melissa Behrend | May 27, 2021
The new financial year is only three months away. Now’s the time to get on the front foot with your company’s HR planning. This article is the third in a series where we give you a simple three-step plan to start the new financial year in great HR shape.     Keeping employees focused on the big picture while giving them a clear pathway to everyday success is the secret sauce that turns great players into a high-performance team. ....
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Get HR Fit for the new financial year Step 2: Job descriptions and job expectations

by Melissa Behrend | May 19, 2021
The new financial year is only three months away. Now’s the time to get on the front foot with your company’s HR planning. This article is the second in a series where we give you a simple three-step plan to start the new financial year in great HR shape. You can read about Step 1: HR audit here.    Your people are the heart and soul of your business. Taking the time to make sure that everyone is working well together, and that you have all your bases covered, is the best way to set everyone up for a win. ....
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Get fit for the new financial year

by Melissa Behrend | May 6, 2021
Step 1: HR audit   The new financial year is only three months away. Now’s the time to get on the front foot with your company’s HR planning. This article is the first in a series where we give you a simple three-step plan to start the new financial year in great HR shape.   Your people underpin your success. So taking the time to strengthen and improve your HR systems and processes will ensure that whatever challenges and opportunities lie ahead – your business will be in fighting fit form to meet them.....
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Wage Theft Laws a Wake-Up Call for Employers

by Melissa Behrend | Apr 12, 2021
New employer penalties for wage theft will be a key part of the federal government’s industrial relations omnibus bill, introduced to Parliament in December 2020.   This major end-of-year legislation includes a range of civil and criminal penalties. It is designed to stop instances of serious wage theft, as seen in recent cases involving Australian business corporates like Woolworths and 7-Eleven.   A recent McKell Institute report also found that blueberry pickers in Australia were being paid as little as $3 per hour.   The bill is set for further Parliamentary debate in 2021. It will make wage theft a federal criminal offence for the first time in Australia’s history.....
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