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Engaging Your Team Through On-site Training

July 4, 2014 | Sarah Savvas

Get you staff excited about training. Here's 3 ways to make your training sessions more engaging.

Corporate training has seen massive growth in the past three years, with training expenditures exceeding $130 billion worldwide. The reasons are due to both the economic recovery, as well as businesses discovering vast gaps in their employees skill sets. Although most companies understand the need for ongoing training, many have difficulty getting their workers excited […]



Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset – Your People (Part 2)

April 22, 2014 | Sarah Savvas

The secret to business success is hiring staff who have the right skills and a 'can do' attitutde.

Second only to the difficulty of accessing capital, the biggest complaint I come across from business owners is about finding and keeping good employees. Good employees are, without a doubt, the most valuable asset any company can have. And when times are tough, it is more important than ever to get the most out of […]



Parental Leave and Flexible Working Arrangements Changes

April 7, 2014 | Mandy Cann

Paid Parental Leave

Employees get unpaid parental leave when a new child is born or adopted. Parental leave includes maternity leave (for mums), paternity leave (for dads and partners) and adoption leave as well as other types of special leave. The key changes that were effective from the 1st July 2013 are listed below: Transfer to a safe job […]



Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset – your people (Part 1)

March 18, 2014 | Sarah Savvas

The secret to business success is hiring staff who have the right skills and a 'can do' attitutde.

Don’t you ever wonder what happened to the days when employees worked for one company for life or at least for the better part of their career, when companies treated employees like part of the family and employees were unwaveringly loyal to their employers?  With this era being as good as over, and with employees […]



New Bullying In The Workplace Laws

March 4, 2014 | Mandy Cann

Unhappy customers and clients are the last thing you need. Here's how to avoid common customer service mistakes.

With the new bullying laws coming into effect from the 1st January 2014, is your business ready to defend a claim if required?  The laws now allow those who are being bullied to go directly to the Fair Work Commission to seek an order.  The Fair Work Commission will make whatever order they see fit and […]



Can An Employee ‘Cash Out’ Accrued Annual Leave?

January 15, 2014 | Mandy Cann

Can your employees cash in their leave entitlements?

For employees covered by an award or agreement, cashing out of annual leave is permitted if the award or agreement allows it. Award or agreement-free employees may agree to cash out annual leave at any time. However, in all cases the following applies: the employee must retain an entitlement to at least four weeks paid […]



How Does Personal/Carers Leave Accrue?

October 7, 2013 | Mandy Cann

Here is a quick synopsis of personal/carer leave entitlements in Australia.

The National Employment Standards establish minimum entitlements for permanent employees to receive: paid personal/carer’s leave unpaid carer’s leave paid or unpaid compassionate leave. These forms of leave are designed to help an employee deal with personal illness, caring responsibilities, family emergencies, and the death or serious illness of close family members. Casual employees are eligible […]



How Employers Can Manage Social Media Risks

October 4, 2013 | Anna Cairo

Reputation management - How prepared is your business for when negative comments or sensitive information appears on social media.

Although the growth of social media has presented business with plenty of opportunity to engage and promote their brand in endless ways, it also poses significant challenges to business. As an employer, how prepared are you to deal with these difficulties and complexities? As social media becomes increasingly more popular and the use of handheld […]



Is an Employer Required to Give a Job Description to the Employee?

September 6, 2013 | Mandy Cann

Avoid any misunderstandings and present every new employee with a job description clearing outlining their responsibilities and what you expect from them.

A job description, also known as a position description or role statement, is a statement that explains a job and the key accountabilities of that job. Although not required, writing a job description, and giving a copy to the employee, will help clarify the skills and traits you need the new employee to have. The […]



Can I Require My Full Time Employees to Work More than 38 Hours per Week?

August 9, 2013 | Mandy Cann

Start setting acceptable boundaries around your time. Here's how to say 'no' instead of always feeling like you have to say 'yes'.

An employer cannot ask or tell an employee to work more than the following hours of work in a week, unless the extra hours are reasonable: for full-time employees – 38 hours for other employees – the employee’s ordinary weekly hours (up to 38 hours) or 38 hours. When you work out the number of […]