Personal Liability: Your Mistakes May Cost You

Personal Liability: Your Mistakes May Cost You

One of the more controversial parts of the Fair Work Act relates to personal liability for breaches of the Fair Work Act (also known as accessorial liability). What this means is that if a person is deemed to have been involved in a breach of the Act, they...

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No Timesheet: No Pay?

No Timesheet: No Pay?

What do you do when an employee forgets to submit a timesheet? Should you pay them anyway and catch up later or should you withhold their pay until a timesheet is submitted? In every business, there is always at least one employee who is terrible at...

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Time to Check Your Award Rates & Conditions

Time to Check Your Award Rates & Conditions

At the beginning of a new financial year, it’s easy to get caught up in getting your accounts ready for your tax reporting and forget the most important Payroll check of the year.   Award Changes The 1st of July each year is when any changes awarded under the National...

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2017 National Minimum Wage Decision

2017 National Minimum Wage Decision

The Fair Work Commission has just handed down their decision on the 2017 National Minimum Wage. Workers on the minimum rate will have their pay increased by 3.3%, an increase of 59c per hour. Over the coming weeks, keep an eye on the updates to modern awards that...

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Pre End of Financial Year Payroll Tasks

Pre End of Financial Year Payroll Tasks

The end of financial year is looming. Here are some useful payroll tasks to tick off in June BEFORE you leap into reconciling payrolls and running employee payment summaries. Employee details: Check all employee details to make sure they are still current (e.g. Name,...

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Common Mistakes Businesses Make When Paying For Hours Worked

Common Mistakes Businesses Make When Paying For Hours Worked

A common small business HR problem area that regularly ends up before industrial tribunals or is picked up by workplace inspectors relates to payment for time worked. The problem is they don’t take into account what is defined as time worked by workplace regulations....

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The Most Common Industrial Law That Small Businesses Break

The Most Common Industrial Law That Small Businesses Break

It is hard for most small businesses to stay on top of all the legislative requirements. They spend ages making sure that their pay and conditions are correct for their team, but often slip up on the smallest, simplest thing to fix. Every employer legally must give...

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Are Over-Award Payments Enough?

Are Over-Award Payments Enough?

“But I am paying over award rates. Isn’t that enough?” Most business owners who get into trouble with Industrial Tribunals all say this line. They think that by paying a little (or a lot) over the award, that they can ignore the rest of the clauses in the relevant...

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2017 Edition of the HR Manual Released

2017 Edition of the HR Manual Released

The 2017 edition of the Instant HR Policies and Procedures has just been released. In this edition ... New Sections & Forms Recruitment has a new section on pre-employment safety screenings for Police Certificates or Working With Children Certificates. New section on...

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