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Your Worst Nightmare Come True

March 19, 2014 | Kate Fairley

Limit your chance of stress and get your business organised and prepared for the end of the financial year.

One of the hardest things as an insurance broker is having your client call and tell you they have had a burglary. It sucks every time. It’s not like an accident or a storm, instead someone deliberately broke into your client’s business and stole from them. They chose to do it. Thankfully though, most clients […]



New Bullying In The Workplace Laws

March 4, 2014 | Mandy Cann

New workplace bullying laws came into play as of 1 January, 14.  Employers need to stay up to speed on the changes.

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 […]



Social Media Education is Key in Workplaces

November 4, 2013 | Anna Cairo

Every business large or small needs a social media policy in place with guidelines.

What is your organisation doing about social media? Ignoring it or being active? As social media continues to grow and make significant impacts in workplaces, employers need to get onto the front foot and manage the risk factors involved. Without a doubt social media presents many opportunities. It allows for easier communication internally and easier […]



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 […]



Does your Workplace Ban Social Media?

July 3, 2013 | Anna Cairo

Do you know who actually owns your social media contacts?

To tweet or not to tweet? To post or not to post? These are the questions which confront business every day. Social media is proving hard to resist. Millions are engaging in social media muddying boundaries between work and home. As this continues to grow workplaces are increasingly banning social media during work hours. But […]



How to Find the Right Employee – The Induction Process

June 6, 2013 | Mandy Cann

A good induction program can increase productivity and reduce short-term turnover of staff.

An induction program is an important process for bringing staff into an organisation. It provides an introduction to the working environment and shows the employee where they sit within the organisation. The process will cover the employer and employee rights and the terms and conditions of employment. As a priority the induction program must cover […]



Is Social Media Changing the Employer/Employee Relationship?

May 2, 2013 | Anna Cairo

Eployers beware. Whtever staff are whinging about on Friday nights at the pub could very well turn up on social media.

This is a great question and one where not a lot of discussion has taken place. Technology has affected the workplace in many ways and social media is no different. All businesses must develop and adapt to survive. This has been occurring for many decades long before social media become the latest ‘buzz’ word. However, […]



Social Media Policy Essential in the Workplace

April 3, 2013 | Anna Cairo

If your workplace doesn't have a clearly defined social media policy then it is time for a change.

Social media blurs the lines between personal and professional communications. As millions of Australians use social media every day, this presents substantial risks to workplaces particularly for those with no safeguards in place. As social media becomes more entrenched in our lives providing easy accessibility to communicate, the spectrum of technologies that is social media […]



Redundancies – Consult with Your Employees!

February 4, 2013 | Mandy Cann

What are employer obligations when making a staff member redundant?

What is ‘Redundancy’ and how do you as an employer manage the redundancy process in your business or workplace? Redundancy can be described as the situation where an employer no longer requires an employee to carry out work of a particular kind or to carry out work of a particular kind at the same location. […]