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Can an employee be forced to work on Australia Day (or any other public holiday) and what wages apply if they do or do not work?

Tuesday 19th January 2021    

If you’re open for business on Australia Day, you’re probably knee-deep finalising work rosters. Chances are, you’ve encountered resistance from some workers who’d rather be having a BBQ at the beach than at work. Many of our clients ask two key questions whenever a public holiday is approaching. 1. can you force them to work on a public holiday? 2. how is regular overtime paid if it occurs on Australia Day (or any other public holiday)? Below are answers to these questions that provide insights on how you can manage situations which may arise in relation to your employees working on public holidays.

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Did you know Hybrid workplaces are on the rise, ‘82% of business leaders plan to allow employees to work remotely some of the time’.

Tuesday 12th January 2021    

Did you know Hybrid workplaces are on the rise, ‘82% of business leaders plan to allow employees to work remotely some of the time’. (Gartner, Return to the workplace benchmarks survey, Gartner Inc. 5 June, 2020)

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New year, new approach and last tranche of award wage increase.

Tuesday 5th January 2021    

Now is the time to re-focus your team for success and review the award changes effective from February 2021.

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Top 5 emerging trends that will transform your workplace in 2021

Tuesday 22nd December 2020    

In these extraordinary and uncertain times, as business owners you are busy navigating through what has been and, in some cases still is, a dramatic impact on the new future of how we do business post-pandemic. Read on for the top 5 emerging trends that will transform your workplace in 2021.

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3 tips to increase employee productivity and engagement during the busy festive season

Thursday 17th December 2020    

During the busy festive season, your business may be trading and under pressure to perform at an optimum level, coupled with balancing some key employees potentially away on annual leave. How can you create a more engaged and productive team during the festive season to drive performance and results?

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Top 3 tips to ensure your business avoids a HR nightmare at the annual Christmas party

Tuesday 8th December 2020    

‘Tis the season for festive parties. However, work Christmas parties can turn into HR nightmares. The 'silly season' is upon us so it is important employers and employees are reminded this is no excuse to disregard normal safe work practices. While for many the work Christmas party is a harmless get-together and celebration amongst colleagues, it can turn into an alcohol fuelled and horrendous event for management.

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Miscellaneous Award… does it now apply to your business.

Tuesday 1st December 2020    

Did you know if your employees are not covered by an award, the latest Miscellaneous Award changes may put you at risk of inadvertently underpaying staff. Recent changes to this award may have costly consequences for you, if your employees now have access to the award entitlements from 1 July 2020. Or if they are low-skilled and/or trade-qualified employees not previously covered by any other modern award.

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5 tips to manage a Christmas shut-down

Wednesday 25th November 2020    

If your business is planning a shut down over the festive season, now is the time to start planning to ensure you do not breach any legislation or risk a Fair Work claim. It is imperative you get it right and have a well-structured employee communication plan to ensure a smooth holiday period for all parties.

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Is your business eligible for the new JobMaker $200 per week government subsidy?

Tuesday 17th November 2020    

How your business recovers economically post-pandemic can be improved with the assistance of government subsidies and support. It is imperative you are aware of the latest subsidies available to business and how beneficial they may be for your business circumstances.

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