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It's a new year and a great time to check your key considerations for your business in 2019!  Its imperative that you have your “people management” in order. By doing so at the start of the year can help have your team, and therefore your business, working like a well-oiled machine so you can turn your head to running/growing the business. Here are some of our key considerations that should definitely be on your list. Do you have a tick or a cross against these points?  If you have ticks – then you are well on yo
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Do you have have any casual employees? One of the changes that came in this year for a number of general awards is regarding entitlements to casual workers. Read on to ensure that you are aware and following procedure if this change affects your business and employees. To keep it brief; A regular casual employee (one who has worked a pattern of hours on an ongoing basis over the last 12 months) may request to be moved to permanent part-time or full time (depending on their hours). Should you receive such a request,
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There were quite a few changes to legislation this year. To prompt your memory here is a quick recap of some of the developments that impacted small business in 2018.  HR Central are available for you to contact, should you need clarification as to whether or not these changes impact on your business.

1. Changes to Long Service Leave (LSL) provisions (Victoria)

The new Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) took effect from 1 November 2018. Some of the key p
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Christmas is such a busy time for the year and with all that is going on you need to also keep in mind what days constitute public holidays.  And most importantly you need to make sure that you pay your staff the right rates at the right times!
  • Monday 24th December 2018: Christmas Eve – from 7pm onwards public holiday (SA and NT only)
  • Tuesday 25th December 2018: Christmas Day – National Public Holiday
  • Wednesday 26th December 2018
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The end of the year is fast approaching and so too is the infamous end of year celebrations such as the company Christmas Party.  After a long and busy year, these celebrations are the perfect time to reward your staff with a fund and engaging event where they can relax a little and enjoy themselves.  However, often these celebrations can go wrong and employees can clown around, drink too much and do and say things they normally wouldn't. Let's drink to be merry can sometimes have dire consequences... If you have heard
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There’s no doubting how important your employees are to the success of your business. They’re the one dealing with customers and helping make the company’s vision a reality. However, for your workforce to truly be an asset, it also needs to be stable. High rates of employee turnover are going to make it hard for you to build a strong culture, and they will also make it hard to be as efficient as you can. Hirin
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As of Thursday 1st November, the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic) will be repealed and replaced by the Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic)

These changes include:
  • Greater flexibility for women, families and people transitioning to retirement
  • Access to long service leave after seven years, not ten
  • Allowing employees to take long service leave in smaller increments (i.e. for any period of one day or more)
  • Most absences from work do not break continuous employment
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The Work Retreat. It’s a concept that has been mercilessly ridiculed in comedies in recent years. If those two words have you thinking group tug of wars and hiking, then maybe it’s time for a fresh approach.  Recently HR Central went away for our annual retreat, or as some people refer to it as an "off-site".  As Chief Communications Officer, I am really glad we did. The HR Central team is in a period of growth, and as we all know, with growth comes change.  Our client base is expanding, and whilst we
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The World Health Organisation defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” Beyond Blue estimates that three million Australians are living with anxiety or depression. Chances are that someone (or several people) you work with are affected.  In the past, mental health in the workplace was something that d
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In the last year there has been a lot of coverage in the media about the gender pay gap.  It was rumoured that morning TV host Lisa Wilkinson jumped ship to Channel Ten after she found that her co-host at Channel Nine, Karl Stefanovic, was being paid significantly more for doing the same job. In March this year a large energy group committed to fixing their gender pay gap ‘overnight’, spending $1.2m to increase the pay packets of 350 women it had paid less than their male colleagues doing the same work. Clearly there
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