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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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Common Questions About Payslips

Common Questions About Payslips

Some of the commonest searches on Google by employees for human resource matters relate to employer obligations concerning payslips. Your staff may not ask you directly if they have a question – but they will ask Google. Here are some of the most common questions...

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Is Direct Employment Under the NDIS Right For You?

Is Direct Employment Under the NDIS Right For You?

With the move to the NDIS, people with disabilities and their carers now have choice and control in how you are supported. You can now choose who you want to support you and can refuse to accept support that doesn’t benefit you. The options can be overwhelming, and it...

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Why HR Policies & Procedures Are Important For Small Business

Why HR Policies & Procedures Are Important For Small Business

“I like to treat all my employees as adults. They shouldn’t need policies and procedures manuals to do the right thing.” One of the most common comments I hear from small business owners without a policies and procedures manual is that all their employees are adults...

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Changes To Flexible Working Arrangements

Changes To Flexible Working Arrangements

The Fair Work Commission has handed down a ruling relating to flexible working arrangements applicable from 1 December 2018, as part of its push to improve family-friendly provisions in workplaces.While most awards and agreements have had workplace flexibility...

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Withholding Money from Final Pays for Inadequate Notice

Withholding Money from Final Pays for Inadequate Notice

Where employees hand in their notice, but do not comply with the notice periods listed in their award or industrial agreement, employers are entitled to withhold some wages in lieu of notice.A recent decision by the Fair Work Commission clarified these provisions and...

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Casual To Permanent Conversion – What You Need To Know

Casual To Permanent Conversion – What You Need To Know

After a long-running review of modern award clauses before a full bench of the Fair Work Commission, changes were made to enable regular casual employees to request to be converted to permanent employment from 1 October 2018.This is not a blanket ruling, which means...

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