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The benefits of automating your HR

There’s no doubt about it – automation is changing the face of HR. With so many tasks now involved in managing employees, businesses are now looking for ways to stream line processes, make tasks easier and save as much time as possible. It’s important to remember that HR will always be about people, but there […]

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Engaged staff = Happy staff

The importance of employee engagement can’t be understated – It’s one of the key elements of a having a successful and productive business. There have been endless studies that show that engaged employees are assets to your business. They are more likely to voluntarily invest extra time and effort into their jobs and more likely to […]

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Performance Management Discussions Don’t Need To Be Scary

  You have an employee who isn’t quite performing or contributing their fair share. While you know it’s something that you need to address, its certainly not something you’re looking forward to doing. Raising your concerns with an employee about under-performance can be a difficult task– especially if the person is a long-term member of […]

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What’s so important about the onboarding process?

Attention employers: here’s an easy way to help retain your talent. When research shows 25 per cent of employees leave their jobs after just three months, you know it’s time to address the reasons, and stop them from happening to you. [...]

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Casual Troubles: Redundancy payments to include prior casual service

Case Study: AMWU v Forgacs Engineering On 22 February 2016, the AMWU made an application in relation to an interpretation of the Forgacs Engineering Pty Ltd Enterprise Agreement 2013. The Commission was asked to determine whether prior periods of casual service count as service for the purposes of notice of termination and severance payments. The […]

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Corporate Inquisition: Proportionality and Fairness Key for Workplace Investigations into Misconduct

  It is well accepted that sexual harassment in the workplace is contrary to the law and allegations should be taken seriously and addressed appropriately and proportionately. Importantly, investigations into allegations of sexual harassment must be undertaken in accordance with Company policy and must ensure procedural fairness to both the victim and alleged perpetrator. These […]

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Under Pressure: Employer liable for psychological condition caused by high workload

Employers are required to take all reasonable steps to provide a safe workplace, and it is generally accepted that this duty can extend to preventing the risk of psychological harm caused by stress. However, employees often encounter difficulties when making claims in ‘overwork’ scenarios, particularly where they have agreed in their contracts to perform the […]

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Violence and threats of violence are unacceptable in the workplace

A recent Fair Work Commission decision held that an employer had a valid reason to dismiss an employee who created an unsafe work environment by threatening his colleague with violence. Maile v Inception WA Pty Ltd as trustee of the Araminta Trust T/A Jackson Asphalt [2016] FWC 6176 A foreman, who was a supervisor on […]

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