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How to Manage Parental Leave

by Melissa Behrend | Sep 23, 2020
Changes to Parental Leave   Changes in the parental leave payment scheme took effect from July 1 this year, with important implications for employers across Australia.   Now your employees can claim under the Paid Parental Leave scheme in one fixed period and one flexible period.   What doesn’t change is how the employee is paid. Most payments of this scheme are paid to the employer who then pays the employee. However, the employee can also choose to have the payment directly from the Australian Government.....
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4 Future Work Trends You Should Consider.

by Melissa Behrend | Sep 16, 2020
4 Future Work Trends You Should Consider.   The way we work is changing, and it’s not all down to COVID-19. Employers across the globe were busy rearranging workplaces well before the global pandemic made its impact in 2020.  ....
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Topics: Flexible work

Handling Under Performance with Due Process

by Melissa Behrend | Sep 9, 2020
With unfair dismissal cases soaring during the COVID-19 pandemic, due process is essential when negotiating redundancy, dismissal and performance management.   According to the Fair Work Ombudsman, underperformance includes: Unsatisfactory work performance. Non-compliance with workplace rules and policies. Unacceptable workplace behaviour. Disruptive behaviour that impacts co-workers.....
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Managing Redundancies: Are They Genuine?

by Melissa Behrend | Sep 2, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to a wave of redundancies across Australian services and industry. The ABS reports that 822,000 people lost their jobs in June and July These job losses span the travel, retail, finance, media, mining and education sectors.   As unemployment rises, so does the number of unfair dismissal cases being considered by the Fair Work Commission. That’s why it’s vital to follow due process if you are faced with implementing worker dismissals and redundancies.....
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Managing Dismissals in Uncertain Times

by Melissa Behrend | Aug 28, 2020
Dismissals are hard to handle at the best of times. When you are forced to dismiss staff during a pandemic, the difficulty factor just ratchets up.   The 2020 workplace has been defined by COVID-19. As a result, some of the signposts seem to have changed. Emotions are running high. People are anxious and reactive. Juggling home commitments and work – often remotely – is putting extra stress on family life.   Remote working can also make it harder for employers to support, monitor employees and ensure your team is productive and motivated.    ....
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The benefits of Outsourced HR support.

by Melissa Behrend | Aug 19, 2020
Business owners routinely use accountants for tax help and solicitors for legal assistance. So, why do many employers still struggle on regardless when it comes to all those curly staff and human resource issues? Don’t be a hero. Outsource your HR challenges to the right place, and gain a true business partner as well as a spot-on labour specialist.    ....
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5 tips for Employee Engagement During COVID-19.

by Melissa Behrend | Jul 6, 2020
We live in unpredictable times. On one hand, many workers are struggling to balance home working and family commitments during COVID-19. On the other, productivity is up for a significant portion of home workers who are now free of office distractions!   With some workers also transitioning back to workplaces, employers are now faced with the delicate task of balancing both remote and on-site working. The challenge will be different for every worker, so flexibility is key. Embrace this unique opportunity to get to know your workers better – and boost employee engagement.....
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Why Sound HR Advice is More Important than Ever.

by Melissa Behrend | Jun 28, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic bites, the number of unfair dismissal cases across Australia is soaring – with fewer parties prepared to negotiate to resolve workplace disputes.     In a sign of the times, the pandemic is making both employers and employees more nervous and reactive than ever before. Yet professional HR consulting support can help you mitigate your risk and protect your business assets.....
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Topics: Covid19

2020 Annual Award Increase

by Melissa Behrend | Jun 19, 2020
Today the Fair Work Commission announced the annual wage increase which grants award covered employees a 1.75% pay rate increase, this impacts more than 2.2 million Australians who are paid the minimum wage.....
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COVID-19 Top 4 websites for the best advice

by Melissa Behrend | Mar 20, 2020
  In this fluid environment in unprecedented times, there are a lot of questions stemming from employers and employees about  their responsibilities and who to believe.    There is a plethora of information available but lets get to the source, what are some of the most informative websites around:....
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