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Annual Wage Increase

As part of its annual wage review, the Fair Work Commission’s Expert Panel has today ordered an increase to the national minimum wage of 2.4%. The new national minimum wage will be $672.70 per week or $17.70 per hour. This constitutes an increase of $15.80 per week to the weekly rate or 41 cents per […]

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Thinking about terminating a long-term injured worker’s employment? Be careful before you do

The Decision The decision of Butterworths v Independence Australia Services concerned an employee, Ms Butterworth, who had worked as a Customer Services Officer at Independence Australia Services (IAS) from 2007 to 2013. The employee suffered from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, a neck and shoulder injury and anxiety and depression, which required her to be returned […]

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What You Need To Know About HR For Your Franchise

You’ve made the leap and decided to invest in a franchise. You’re going down your checklist to make sure you’ve done everything right. Set up the business? Check. Hired your staff? Check. Kept your records up to date? Check. Everything seems to be going well… so far. But how do you make sure everything keeps […]

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Impacts of Parental Leave on Businesses

Managing parental leave and return to work transitions presents several challenges to employers regarding their legal obligations to employees, costs associated with the transition and management of other employees to ensure minimal disruption to workplace output. These challenges affect key areas that are managed by human resources professionals and company directors. Parental Leave Discrimination Pregnancy […]

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Top online business tools for running your SME

Does your business need a technology makeover? In today’s marketplace as an SME owner you need to be agile, collaborative and efficient. In other words, simply relying on email and the telephone to communicate with your customers and employees often isn’t enough. Using online business tools like these, will help your employees work as a […]

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Injured workers: Conducting an independent assessment can be critical

The recent decision of Lion Dairy and Drinks Milk Limited v Peter Norman highlights that employers have the right to direct workers to be independently assessed by medical professionals of their choosing, for the purpose of fulfilling OH&S requirements, and determining whether termination is necessary. In February 2014, the worker was injured in a skydiving […]

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How technology is changing the way SMEs conduct performance reviews

Going digital might actually be the best way to really get to know your staff. In this modern business environment, managers must focus more on people and culture and stop treating employees like resources, according to a recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) report. To do this, companies are not only conducting their annual performance reviews, […]

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Work Safe, Work Smart

In Victoria, the Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA) is the managing body of the workplace safety system. The VWA aims to prevent workplace injuries, enforce occupational health and safety laws, and provide workplace injury insurance for employers. Its insurance may cover things like replacement of lost income, medical and rehabilitation costs, legal costs and compensation in […]

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