Annual Wage Review 2016 – Higher Than Expected

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FWC confirmed Annual Wage Review – Higher than expected

Each financial year the Fair Work Commission's Expert Panel conducts a complete review of the national minimum wage and modern awards.  This is in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009. The 2015–16 Annual Wage Review directly affects over 1.86 million employees in Australia.  This decision is important as the annual wage review affects those who are reliant upon the minimum rates of pay. All measures of inflation and wages growth are at historical
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Unfair dismissal is when an employee is dismissed from their job in a harsh, unjust or unreasonable manner.

Before dismissing an employee for what you perceive as misconduct you first need to review your company culture and behaviours when deciding if someone has breached what you believe is standard. In a recent case, a sacked employee was awarded $296,650 in damages for being unfairly dismissed.  This employee was dismissed after arriving drunk at at a conference one morning.  He arrived late at the conferen
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HR Compliance is often put in the "too hard basket."

As a result, employers often ignore the most basic of requirements.  In reality there are solutions to make HR Compliance simple and easy to follow. HR Central it is about breaking down the the big, overwhelming picture of compliance and allowing you, as an Employer, to build the blocks of compliance in a business-friendly fashion.

Communication is key to HR Compliance

The model of Employee Relations versus Industrial Relations, (where a third par
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It pays to dismiss right and stay fair.

Here is an example of how doing so, can save your business grief.... A forklift driver was sacked after breaking his employer's "golden rule" of operating a vehicle while a customer was in an exclusion zone.  The employee claims he was unfairly dismiss and has taken his case to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) The Fair Work Commission (FWC), has ruled that his dismissal was unfair. FWC heard this was the second safety-related incident during the forklift operator's
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With over 122 Modern Awards with multiple classifications, understanding pay rates can be difficult.

Calculating the wrong pay rates can result in costly fines and back payments to your employees.

Recently, a business on Sydney’s north shore has had to back-paid three young employees almost $35,000.  The business told Fair Work inspectors it was not aware the correct pay rates and the extent of its obligations.  An expensive way to find out. As Fair Work constantly says, "operators need to make an
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At the start of every year – we all should try and do something different to the way we worked the previous year.   In my reading over recent weeks I came across an excellent article in the Harvard Business Review about meetings - so I have made that my 2016 focus. The article mentioned how Organisations are drowning in unproductive meetings and a major problem is the fact that we refer to so many dialogue exchanges as "meetings".

Unproductive workplace meetings

A great example is where we have so-call
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How do you go about establishing and communicating targets for employees?  The success of your business revolves around your ability to meet targets and goals!

An employer’s failure to clearly establish targets for an employee.  As well as failing to monitor the employee against those targets, or to provide feedback and support him resulted in a finding of unfair dismissal in Fair Work Commission (FWC). FWC made clear it was the employer’s responsibility to make employees aware of performance standards an
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In relation to a recent decision in the Fair Work Commission, it was clear that a genuine redundancy could only have occurred if the Company had complied with the consultation obligations contained in clause 8 of the Retail Award. The Company had argued the dismissal of the employee was the result of a genuine redundancy, and therefore the termination was effected for a valid reason and could not be characterised as harsh, unjust or unreasonable. However, it was unable to show where or how it had consulted with the em
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What are some of the Key HR Issues coming up for 2016?

As 2016 draws closer it is likely that some Key HR Issues will continue into the new year. Heading into 2016, there is likely to be more fallout from Oracle harassment ruling. For readers that may be unfamiliar with this case this was a high profile s-xual harassment case that is like to have ramifications for the year ahead. The Federal Court awarded a former Oracle employee $130,000 in compensation for workplace sexual harassment, which
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Having an employee facing criminal charges can be a sticky situation!

Do not assume that you can legally terminate the employment of someone facing of the criminal charges.

Employers must give any accused employee a chance to respond and to tell their version of events, no matter what the circumstances. When terminating an employee it is essential to follow correct process.  In previous cases, the Fair Work Commission's major concern has been procedural fairness.  Before you terminate an employee you must have
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