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Changes to the taking of Annual Leave

Changes to the taking of Annual Leave For years there has been the ongoing struggle between employers and employees in respect to how much leave they have accrued and when they need to take it. As of the first pay period after the 29th July 2016, the rules have slightly changed in many of the modern awards. Paid out Annual Leave In most Modern Awards a new clause has been added allowing employees to request

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Judge Rules Dismissal Justified But Harsh for Social Media Insults.

Judge Rules Dismissal Justified But Harsh for Social Media Insults. In April of 2016 a court case was heard regarding an employee of a government department claiming unfair dismissal for making inappropriate comments, while engaging on Social Media.  Listed below are some of the comments made by the employee •    Contradicting the department’s social media unit regarding incorrect information about Centrelink benefits. •    Expressing “embarrassed to work there” •    Another user posted that workers in

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Reminder – Increase in minimum Wages

Increase in minimum Wages The Minimum Wage has been increased by the Fair Work Commission by 2.4%. The increase will be applicable from the first full pay period on or after 1st July, 2016. The new minimum wages will be $672.70 per week, or $17.70 per hour. Who gets the increase? Employees who’s pay rates are from the national minimum wage, a modern award or in some cases, a registered agreement.  The national minimum wage

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Absenteeism, a right or learned?

Absenteeism, a right or learned? With absenteeism being rife in the work culture, very little research has been done into the whys and wherefores of this costly area. One thing is clear, however, absenteeism can be an individual thing or a learned group behaviour. Many companies or organisations accept the amount of absenteeism as being normal or acceptable and part of the expected behaviour of their staff. Statistics have shown that on an individual basis

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How do you find the right employee in today’s market?

The job market seems to be improving with more employment ads, requests on social media sites and organisations like ours supporting employers being contacted to assist in recruitment. The down side is, it is giving employees’ more choice of where they want to work, so do not expect potential employees to come banging on your door. Talented staff are the most important asset in your business. Having the right talented staff members can make all

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