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What to do when your business has a new CEO

As a new wave of CEOs take the reins amidst turbulent times in Australia’s business community, HR should step up to the challenge of moderating between management and staff. In the wake of several high profile business failures such as retail giants Dick Smith and Masters home hardware, the arrival of a new boss with […]

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Rejected Annual Leave Application is Not an Open Door for Sick Leave

The Full Federal Court has upheld the dismissal of an employee who was terminated for using sick leave when his application for annual leave was declined. The employee was sacked after he took sick leave on the days for which he had initially requested to take annual leave. The request for annual leave was declined […]

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What’s the secret to avoiding workplace stress and conflict?

Don’t let bad relations sink your SME. Poorly managed stress and conflict can undermine the success of your SME. For instance, a 2013 Safe Work Australia study found mental stress claims are the most expensive form of workers’ compensation claims in Australia. This is because often lengthy periods of absence from work are taken as […]

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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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