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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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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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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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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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