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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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Impacts of Parental Leave on Businesses

Managing parental leave and return to work transitions presents several challenges to employers regarding their legal obligations to employees, costs associated with the transition and management of other employees to ensure minimal disruption to workplace output. These challenges affect key areas that are managed by human resources professionals and company directors. Parental Leave Discrimination Pregnancy […]

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Top online business tools for running your SME

Does your business need a technology makeover? In today’s marketplace as an SME owner you need to be agile, collaborative and efficient. In other words, simply relying on email and the telephone to communicate with your customers and employees often isn’t enough. Using online business tools like these, will help your employees work as a […]

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Injured workers: Conducting an independent assessment can be critical

The recent decision of Lion Dairy and Drinks Milk Limited v Peter Norman highlights that employers have the right to direct workers to be independently assessed by medical professionals of their choosing, for the purpose of fulfilling OH&S requirements, and determining whether termination is necessary. In February 2014, the worker was injured in a skydiving […]

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