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Flight Attendant compensated after theft

Recently a long serving employee of Qantas has won compensation for unfair dismissal after found stealing. After 28 years of service the Qantas flight attendant was found to have contravened the companies conduct policy when he was one of three flight attendants found to have taken alcohol whilst travelling on the Perth to Sydney flight and then mislead the investigation that uncovered the breach. Specifically, he was found to have a can and a bottle

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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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Comply or Face the Consequences

Comply or Face the Consequences businesses be aware… Recently legislation was introduced to allow anonymous online “tip-offs” of businesses failing to comply with workplace laws and regulations.  This has put an unprecedented amount of pressure on all businesses with regard to compliance. In the first four weeks of the service becoming live, over 500 reports had been lodged by anonymous “dobbers” which centred around concerns re rates of pay and has brought many companies (i.e.

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5 Easy Steps to Creating and Using an Organisation Chart

5 Easy Steps to Creating and Using an Organisation Chart Don’t be phased with the idea of creating an organisation chart.  With a little patience you can have your own detailed chart on your computer in front of you by incorporating the following steps. 1.    Relevance A really useful way to display your company’s position in the HR area.  It is imperative that all of the information be current and that all data be correct

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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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Nicknames – Whats in a name

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I remember as a child hearing the saying “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me”. This saying is rubbish! Nicknames can hurt. Firstly, if my leg gets broken, I go to the hospital, have some time off work and hopefully there is no scare or signs of a break and I go about doing what I do. However, when people use words, they have the ability to wound deeply

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Clocking On & Clocking Off

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One useful way to record when your staff start work is to utilize swipe card, or clock cards. The idea being that the member of staff has to physically “swipe” their card which imprints the date and time recorded. To ensure it is the staff named on the card, employers nowadays include physical recognition such as facial recognition, finger prints or palm prints. Every card remains an official copy of the company’s payroll records. The

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Asleep on the job

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Being asleep on the job is an unacceptable practice. We are not looking at someone who suffers from Narcolepsy – a neurological disease where sufferers suddenly fall asleep for no reason, we are talking about the general staff deciding to take a nap in the middle of their work place. It should be noted, however, that anyone apparently suffering from sleeping fits should be counselled. Sleeping while working is often seen where the person has

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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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