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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As of Thursday 1st November, the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic) will be repealed and replaced by the Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic)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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Is your business in a ‘survey slump’? Over the years I have worked with many organisations that use annual employee engagement surveys. They send out the survey every year without thinking about why they are doing it, and they aren’t using the valuable data they are capturing in a meaningful or useful way. There’s no point asking your employees how happy they are on a scale of 1-10 if you’re not going to act on what they tell you! The purpose of an employee engagement survey should be to establish how emotionall
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The World Health Organisation has identified the workplace as one of the priority settings for wellness and health promotion in the 21st century. Australian workers today are leading less active lifestyles, dealing with high levels of stress and anxiety and a blurring of the lines between work and home due to the proliferation of technology in our lives. Many employers are focusing on employee wellness, realising that there are measurable benefits in doing so, specifically:
  • Improved productivity due to decrea
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All industry and occupation awards are now being updated by the Fair Work Commission to include a new clause allowing employees to take five days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave. Who is covered? The new entitlement applies to all employees covered by an industry or occupation award. This includes part time and casual employees. Who is not covered? Enterprise awards and State reference public sector awards won’t include this clause, however these employees may be en
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