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Many of Australia’s Federal Awards include provisions for employers and employees to use time off in lieu (TOIL) arrangements instead of payment of overtime for extra hours worked. This can be a cost-effective arrangement for employers as time in lieu is taken as time for time eg 1 hour worked overtime equals 1 hour time off in lieu, whereas payment at overtime rates commence at a minimum of 150% of the ordinary hourly rate.

However, there are so

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By 27 September 2021, employers (other than small businesses) need to assess whether their existing casuals are eligible to be offered permanent employment.

An employer must make a written offer to convert a casual employee to permanent employment if:

  • They have been employed by them for at least 12 months;
  • They’ve worked a regular pattern of hours for the last 6 months
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R U really OK?

Thursday 9 September is national action day for R U OK?  This year, they want you to ask “R U really OK?”

R U Ok day encourages life changing conversations which can inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with those in their world who may be struggling with life. R U OK day does an amazing job of normalising a conversation that can sometimes be difficult to

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We are frequently asked for advice and support re how to manage the impact of employee sickness and unplanned absence from work.

Prior to the pandemic, in a survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in February 2020, Australian businesses lose on average $303 per day due to costs associated with absenteeism. The Australian Human Resources Institute also estimate that employees take 8.8 unplanned days per year, costing the Australian e

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This year’s Annual Wage Review has resulted in the decision to increase the national minimum wage by 2.5%

The Commission's President, Iain Ross said the decision had been made based on the “markedly better" economic climate this year.

Explaining the decision, Iain stated, "..there was a broad consensus in the submissions before us that the current performance of the economy has exceeded expec

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Small Business Shout Out!

The apps are getting better; smart small business get the picture.

Don’t burn the midnight oil on manpower alone.

One thing (out of many) that COVID19 has taught us, is that technology in the workplace is fantastic protection against minimising losing business when lockdowns, restrictions and border closures are put in place (often with little notice).

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At times in my life when things have not worked out quite as planned, I have heard the words or even said them myself, "everyone has 2020 hindsight". This clever combination of the 20/20 measure of visual acuity intertwined with the fact that we only understand a situation once it has occurred, has been, personally, a relatively positive way to move past a disappointment, failure, or loss. Recently I have thought it was even more fitting given the fact that the year 2020 will never be forgotten. It will forever be in our h
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Jobkeeper extended until March 2021. In July 2020, the Federal Government announced an extension of the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits), referred to as Jobkeeper and JobSeeker.  Jobkeeper was originally due to cease at the end of September, 2020 but will now continue until March 2021. This should be seen as a relief for many businesses that are wanting to continue to operate, but have been damaged financially by the operational restrictions put in place in order to curb the virus. Howeve
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The Prime Minister and the Treasurer have announced today JobKeeper extension post September, 2020. Current arrangements remain in place through to September 25, 2020. Beyond that date JobKeeper will be extended, (until March 2021), via a new two tier system and at a lower rate for those businesses who are eligible. 1. Will I be eligible? To apply for JobKeeper support for the Dec quarter (ending Jan 3 2021, application for which will happen mid-late September 2020), a business will need to meet the requ
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