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More holes in the corporate veil – FWO v Step Ahead Security Services

Fair Work Ombudsman v Step Ahead Security Services Pty Ltd and Another A private security firm, Step Ahead Services Pty Ltd, had paid eight casual security staff flat hourly rates of $20 on weekdays, $25 on weekends, and $30 on public holidays. Separate overtime and other penalties in the Security Services Award 2010 were not […]

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Bullet Proof Your Franchise Recruitment: 5 Tasks You Must Standardise

25 percent of employees leave their jobs after just three months Like any other small business, attracting and retaining staff is a significant HR issue for franchises. And while many franchises will have certain procedures for recruitment, having a standardised recruitment and onboarding process can greatly reduce the number of false starters. It is estimated […]

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Tap Into The Advantages Of Engaged Workers

  Employee engagement is a key theme for many SMEs as they struggle to attract and maintain talent in the highly competitive employment market. According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workforce report, only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work and in Australia only 24% of workers are engaged. Employee engagement isn’t the […]

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Cultural Change: Bucket Dippers or Bucket Fillers?

I never thought I would be able to apply the logic of an eight year old to my work life and have it improve my work relationships, productivity, and expand my outlook on life. It was the concept of “bucket dipping vs bucket filling” that intrigued me. Everyone carries alongside of them an invisible bucket […]

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Child Australia has partnered with this innovative tech start-up to tackle some major education and care sector issues

Education and care services across Australia will now have access to ground-breaking HR technology which will tackle some of the biggest sector concerns thanks to a new partnership between child care organisation Child Australia and tech start-up DiffuzeHR. The partnership will see Child Australia offer innovative cloud-based HR software tailored specifically for education and care […]

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Four key areas of HR every SME needs to understand

I’ve been at the helm of many SMEs for over 20 years. One of the biggest problems I’ve seen during my time in the SME space is the struggle SMEs are having with HR. Because small business owners are so busy juggling everything that comes their way, taking care of HR often gets pushed to […]

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Great managers don’t just manage employees

Great managers don’t just manage employees. They make sure their employees are motivated, engaged and inspired when coming to work according to a recent blog by David Grossman. Some of his thoughts are incorporated below, as they clearly align with the Brownie Points philosophy on employee engagement. Overlooking these fundamental principles can result in disengagement, […]

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Annual Wage Increase

As part of its annual wage review, the Fair Work Commission’s Expert Panel has today ordered an increase to the national minimum wage of 2.4%. The new national minimum wage will be $672.70 per week or $17.70 per hour. This constitutes an increase of $15.80 per week to the weekly rate or 41 cents per […]

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Thinking about terminating a long-term injured worker’s employment? Be careful before you do

The Decision The decision of Butterworths v Independence Australia Services concerned an employee, Ms Butterworth, who had worked as a Customer Services Officer at Independence Australia Services (IAS) from 2007 to 2013. The employee suffered from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, a neck and shoulder injury and anxiety and depression, which required her to be returned […]

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What You Need To Know About HR For Your Franchise

You’ve made the leap and decided to invest in a franchise. You’re going down your checklist to make sure you’ve done everything right. Set up the business? Check. Hired your staff? Check. Kept your records up to date? Check. Everything seems to be going well… so far. But how do you make sure everything keeps […]

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