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Emotions & Bushfires: Could You Have Survivor Guilt?

Emotions & Bushfires: Could You Have Survivor Guilt?

“I am not sure what I should be doing to help. Am I doing enough? I feel like what I am doing is useless.” “I feel helpless. I cry every time I turn on the news and see the fires.” “I am feeling really flat at the moment.” Does any of that sound familiar? The past few...

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Bushfires: What Employment Conditions Apply?

Bushfires: What Employment Conditions Apply?

Right now it appears as if half of Australia is on fire or covered in choking smoke. It can be challenging finding out what entitlements should be paid to employees and volunteer firefighters. Here is a quick list of resources: Fair Work Australia – Fact Sheet on...

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Can An Employer Refuse An Annual Leave Request?

Can An Employer Refuse An Annual Leave Request?

Recently we looked at when you can direct an employee to take annual leave. In this article, we will look at the other side of the equation: When can an employer refuse an annual leave request. All employees (other than casual employees) are entitled to paid annual...

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Can You Force An Employee To Take Leave?

Can You Force An Employee To Take Leave?

Some employees can’t wait to take a holiday and take each day as soon as it accrues. Others like to collect their days off, which is great except when the collection turns into several years’ worth of leave. Why Do Employees Accumulate Leave? There is no one reason...

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New Employee Induction Manual Launched

New Employee Induction Manual Launched

New Employee Induction Manual Launched Some of the most common problems our clients bring to us are problems with onboarding their new employees. They struggle with either drowning new employees, or “just winging it” which results in inconsistencies and missing...

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NDIS Support Worker Agency HR Manual Launched

NDIS Support Worker Agency HR Manual Launched

With the NDIS, many new agencies and businesses are being formed to help supply support workers to families and individuals. Over the past few months we have fielded many calls from these agencies looking for a blend between our Instant HR Policies and Procedures...

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Is It Illegal To Sack An Employee Via Text?

Is It Illegal To Sack An Employee Via Text?

Sacking an employee is one of the most challenging HR tasks any manager undertakes. With all the changes to communications styles, with a greater reliance on text, Facebook Messenger, Yammer or WhatsApp as forms of team communication, can they be used to communicate...

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Annualised Wage Rates: Are You Paying Enough?

Annualised Wage Rates: Are You Paying Enough?

Many businesses choose to pay their employees annualised wages.  Annualised wages are wages that are calculated by projecting wage rates, penalty payments, overtime, annual leave loading and allowances outlined in an award or industrial agreement to an annual basis...

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Is Your Small Business Ready for Single Touch Payroll?

Is Your Small Business Ready for Single Touch Payroll?

In the past, employers used to report payroll activity to the ATO on an annual basis. The ATO has introduced what is called “Single Touch Payroll” (STP) requirements that means employers have to report after each payday. Businesses with more than 20 employees switched...

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New Policy: Safe Disposal of Discarded Needles (Sharps)

New Policy: Safe Disposal of Discarded Needles (Sharps)

One of the things we pride ourselves on is on creating new policies based on the requests of businesses. This past year we have had a number of businesses struggling with what to do if staff members discover discarded syringes or needles in or around the workplace....

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