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Underpayments and Awards

by Melissa Behrend | Nov 13, 2017
Every day we hear in the news  a company being fined for underpayments to workers. There has even been an ammendment to the Fair Work Act for the protection of vulnerable workers.....
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Parental Leave revisted

by Melissa Behrend | Sep 6, 2017
  When you have an employee who is requesting parental leave, the onus is not just on the employer to ensure all the requirements are managed, employees also have responsibilities in informing their employers of their intentions.  This sometimes is missed by both parties, so its best as an employer for you to understand the requirements and ensure that either you or your employees follow these.  Image courtesy of nenetus at FreeDigitalPhotos.net   It is the responsibility of the employee to notify their employer at least 10 weeks prior to taking parental leave, if not before.  Also if the employee wishes to work 6 weeks leading up to the expecting birth date, the employer can request a medical certificate to state the employee is fit to perform work and if they can continue their current position during this time.   The employee should also put in writing at least 4 weeks prior to taking leave, the amount of time which they intend to take off.  An employee is entitled to take 12 months of unpaid parental leave and also to request an additional 12 months.     Questions which are common for business owners at this time is what happens if my employee states they will take 12 months parental leave how do I manage with a replacement.  Do I get in a contractor for this time?  What happens if the employee says they want to come back to work before the 12 months is up?     If an employee wishes to return to work earlier then expected you can assess the request and if it suits the business ....
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How much sick leave is to much?

by Melissa Behrend | Aug 9, 2017
In the small and medium sized business market, it becomes sometimes very difficult to manage your business when an employee takes to much sick leave.  There appears to be a fine line between dimissing the employee for excessive sick leave and ensuring that you are not adversely treating your employee.....
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Cashing out Annual Leave.

by Melissa Behrend | Sep 26, 2016
If you are a business owner, small, large, or in between, annual leave can be a major liability. If you do not manage it properly, it can become a problem. When wage rates go up every year, so does your annual leave liability. It makes good business sense to manage it.....
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What business owners can learn from elite athletes .

by Melissa Behrend | Sep 26, 2016
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Exciting times at HR On Call.

by Melissa Behrend | Jul 27, 2016
It's been a very exciting couple of weeks at HR On Call.  We have featured in the Small Business section of the Herald Sun on July 20.  Paul Beauchamp was written an article on "Dialling up HR help".  In this article one of our clients is quoted as saying "outsourced HR is the perfect solution for a company of 20.  We are not big enough to justify someone full time, but we want to make sure we're doing everything right from a legal perspective" Peter Williams Co founder Infiti Telecommunications.....
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by Melissa Behrend | Jul 19, 2016
You would be aware of what’s going on in the news with regards to the underpayment of wages.  Some of the biggest brand names have faced the Fair Work Ombudsman’s scrutiny with regards to this topic and some of these include; Coles, Woolworths, McDonalds and 7-Eleven.....
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What the minimum wage increase means to your business.

by Melissa Behrend | Jul 8, 2016
The Fair Work Commission’s has announced its seventh annual wage review under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).   Australia’s minimum wage workers are now entitled to be paid $672.70 (this is an increase of $15.80) a week, or $17.70 per hour.....
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Who can help you?

by Melissa Behrend | Jul 14, 2015
  Facts On average an unfair dismissal case can cost on average from $5,000 - $14,000. 1 in every 5 women and 1 in every 6 men have said they have experience harassment at work There was an increase of 132 unfair dismissal complaints lodged in Fair Work from Oct – Dec 13 to Oct- Dec 14. Business don’t know where or who to go to for help Managing poor performance is something we don’t address well Managing conflict in a small business environment is difficult Industrial instruments are not always that easy to understand or apply.....
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Hiring the Right Way - 5 Things to Consider

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