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You shouldn’t need to keep your boss posted on your womb status

DI Armbrust was discussing job interviews with two women in their early 20s, when both indicated to her that they thought they should advice prospective employers they were not going to have children. Armbrust asked why. They replied that they thought it might go against them if their prospective employers thought they would leave to […]

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Redundancy during parental leave – Know the risks!

In a recent case, the Federal Circuit Court held that despite a lack of profitability, the employer took adverse action against an employee on parental leave when they failed to return her to her pre-parental leave position and brought forward her redundancy. Heraud v Roy Morgan Research Ltd [2016] The employee was an Operations Director […]

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Managing Flexible Working Arrangements: 4 Things SMEs Must Understand

As the owner of an SME, it’s more important than ever in this rapidly-changing business environment to get flexible working schemes right. Compared to ten, or even five years ago, employees are now looking for more of a balance between their personal and work lives. This can be a great thing as flexible working arrangements […]

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4 things you should know about legally compliant employment contracts

Are your employment contracts out-of-date? Or worse, did you employ your staff on a handshake? If either of these scenarios sound familiar, you will find this blog useful! You’ve just employed a real asset – someone who’s a great fit for your company. There’s a mutual understanding about their employment expectations and entitlements. But nothing […]

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How to document a performance review

7 things to remember when recording your annual staff assessments.  Documenting your employee’s performance review correctly is just as important as the face-to-face meeting. Don’t stress, you won’t be bogged down in paperwork if you follow a consistent format. The payoff is, well documented assessments make it easy for you (and your employee) to review […]

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3 vital reasons why business owners should get the new hire experience right

Don’t let a shoddy onboarding process turn new employees off. These days it doesn’t take much for employees – especially the talented ones – to find a reason to move on, and fast. New hire experience matters, not only to them (they want to feel valued, challenged and supported in the job from day one), […]

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Are your staff working under the influence this Christmas period?

Sure, it’s a great time of year to socialise with colleagues and clients, but don’t let it affect productivity. Yes, the silly season is here, but there’s nothing to laugh about when your employees are turning up to work affected by drugs and alcohol. In fact, almost one in five are doing just that, according […]

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Don’t make these 3 mistakes before taking holidays

The holiday season can actually be a time for SMEs to get ahead. Here’s how. Every year it feels as if the Christmas countdown starts earlier than the previous year, right? For instance, if you go online in October, you are sure to find savvy business owners already spruiking their seasonal deals. Which is why […]

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Unfairly Dismissed for Behaving Badly at the Staff Christmas Party

A staff Christmas party went horribly wrong for one employee in 2014. All staff were notified of the party location – at a hired venue – and the hours for attendance, 6pm until 10pm. All pretty straight forward. But… During the official event the employee became intoxicated and proceeded to tell senior managers to “f**k […]

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Labour hire and redundancy – what are your obligations?

Compass Group is a labour hire company who provided labour to the Department of Defence under various contracts for stores and transport services, as well as fire and rescue services, between 2005 and 2014. Compass Group’s contracts were reviewed or extended a number of times during that period. In 2014, the Department changed its tender […]

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