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8 HR changes you need to be aware of from 1 July 2017

1 July 2017 brings a whole range of changes and updates that HR need to be across. These changes will affect payroll, superannuation, minimum wage, award-based employees and more.Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening, as well as what your business needs to do to prepare.1. 3.3% Minimum wage increaseA 3.3% minimum wage increase kicks in from the first full pay period after 1 July 2017. That means the national minimum wage will lift to $694.90 per week or $18.29 per hour.What…See More
Thursday
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

8 HR changes you need to be aware of from 1 July 2017

1 July 2017 brings a whole range of changes and updates that HR need to be across. These changes will affect payroll, superannuation, minimum wage, award-based employees and more.Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening, as well as what your business needs to do to prepare.1. 3.3% Minimum wage increaseA 3.3% minimum wage increase kicks in from the first full pay period after 1 July 2017. That means the national minimum wage will lift to $694.90 per week or $18.29 per hour.What…See More
Wednesday
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

8 common alternative facts about employment law

 When it comes to hiring and firing staff, a lot of what employers and employees believe seems to be based on myth, hearsay or out-of-date information. Some of these "facts" are very often wrong.To help you cut through the noise and know where you stand, we set the record straight on eight of the most common employment law alternative facts.'Fact' 1: An employee earning more than the high-income threshold can’t bring an unfair dismissal claim.The reality: The high-income threshold - currently…See More
Jun 13
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

8 common alternative facts about employment law

 When it comes to hiring and firing staff, a lot of what employers and employees believe seems to be based on myth, hearsay or out-of-date information. Some of these "facts" are very often wrong.To help you cut through the noise and know where you stand, we set the record straight on eight of the most common employment law alternative facts.'Fact' 1: An employee earning more than the high-income threshold can’t bring an unfair dismissal claim.The reality: The high-income threshold - currently…See More
Jun 9
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

The changes from 457 Visa to the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

Subclass 457 Visas will soon be scrapped in favour of a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa. But what’s really changing and how will you - and your business - be affected?The Commonwealth government recently announced it would be abolishing the subclass 457 Visa and replacing it with a new system for employment-related immigration. With little notice of the changes and lots of questions still to be answered, this move has left a lot of employers and sponsored staff in uncertain…See More
Jun 5
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

The changes from 457 Visa to the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

Subclass 457 Visas will soon be scrapped in favour of a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa. But what’s really changing and how will you - and your business - be affected?The Commonwealth government recently announced it would be abolishing the subclass 457 Visa and replacing it with a new system for employment-related immigration. With little notice of the changes and lots of questions still to be answered, this move has left a lot of employers and sponsored staff in uncertain…See More
Jun 2
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

The benefits of a mentally healthy workplace

The benefits of a healthy workplace are well documented. But, as we mentioned in our recent blog about the most important HR trends for 2017, the need to create a mentallyhealthy workplace is becoming increasingly important too.After all, statistics show that at any time one in five…See More
Feb 6
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

The benefits of a mentally healthy workplace

The benefits of a healthy workplace are well documented. But, as we mentioned in our recent blog about the most important HR trends for 2017, the need to create a mentallyhealthy workplace is becoming increasingly important too.After all, statistics show that at any time one in five…See More
Feb 4
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Lisa McAdams liked Merilyn Speiser's blog post 5 HR trends to look out for this year
Jan 21
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

5 HR trends to look out for this year

So here we are at the start of another year! It’s worth pondering about the HR trends we think will be big in 2017.We think 2017 will be another big year in HR – both in terms of opportunity and also from a workplace relations perspective.  There has been a lot of interesting data on workplace trends released during 2016 and this data gives us strong indicators for direction and policy over the next 12 months. Here are 5 key things we think you need to know.1. Flexibility will be a defining…See More
Jan 13
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

5 HR trends to look out for this year

So here we are at the start of another year! It’s worth pondering about the HR trends we think will be big in 2017.We think 2017 will be another big year in HR – both in terms of opportunity and also from a workplace relations perspective.  There has been a lot of interesting data on workplace trends released during 2016 and this data gives us strong indicators for direction and policy over the next 12 months. Here are 5 key things we think you need to know.1. Flexibility will be a defining…See More
Jan 3
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

Flexibility: Workplace fad or strategic imperative?

 The term ‘flexibility’ is no longer reserved for part-timers. Companies like Telstra, PwC, ANZ and Ten are aiming for the “All Roles Flex” approach, which lets all employees propose an alternative to the standard desk-bound 9 to 5.We strongly believe businesses that can truly integrate flexibility into their workforce will put themselves ahead of the pack when it comes to hiring…See More
Aug 30, 2016
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

Flexibility: Workplace fad or strategic imperative?

 The term ‘flexibility’ is no longer reserved for part-timers. Companies like Telstra, PwC, ANZ and Ten are aiming for the “All Roles Flex” approach, which lets all employees propose an alternative to the standard desk-bound 9 to 5.We strongly believe businesses that can truly integrate flexibility into their workforce will put themselves ahead of the pack when it comes to hiring…See More
Aug 30, 2016
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

Reverse mentoring: turning the tables for better results

Logic says that a mentor should be more senior and experienced than their mentee or protege. But logic can sometimes be, well, wrong.If you’ve ever been part of the mentoring process, you’ve probably already seen first-hand how skills gaps and opportunities to learn exist on both sides….Welcome to reverse mentoring.What is reverse mentoring?Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch is credited with coining the term ‘reverse mentoring’. Put simply, this happens when a mentee passes new skills and…See More
Aug 23, 2016
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

Reverse mentoring: turning the tables for better results

Logic says that a mentor should be more senior and experienced than their mentee or protege. But logic can sometimes be, well, wrong.If you’ve ever been part of the mentoring process, you’ve probably already seen first-hand how skills gaps and opportunities to learn exist on both sides….Welcome to reverse mentoring.What is reverse mentoring?Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch is credited with coining the term ‘reverse mentoring’. Put simply, this happens when a mentee passes new skills and…See More
Aug 22, 2016

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What would you like to share about yourself?
I am an HR and Business Consultant, passionate about Talent, Performance, Leadership and Engagement.
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http://www.catalinaconsultants.com.au
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1-49
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Leadership, Talent, Performance, Engagement, Diversity
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8 HR changes you need to be aware of from 1 July 2017

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 23:02 0 Comments

1 July 2017 brings a whole range of changes and updates that HR need to be across. These changes will affect payroll, superannuation, minimum wage, award-based employees and more.

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening, as well as what your business needs to do to prepare.

1. 3.3% Minimum wage increase

A 3.3% minimum wage increase kicks in from the first full pay period after 1 July 2017. That means the national minimum wage will lift…

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8 common alternative facts about employment law

Posted on June 9, 2017 at 13:40 0 Comments

 When it comes to hiring and firing staff, a lot of what employers and employees believe seems to be based on myth, hearsay or out-of-date information. Some of these "facts" are very often wrong.

To help you cut through the noise and know where you stand, we set the record straight on eight of the most common employment law alternative facts.

'Fact' 1: An employee earning more than the high-income threshold can’t bring an unfair dismissal…

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The changes from 457 Visa to the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 10:17 0 Comments

Subclass 457 Visas will soon be scrapped in favour of a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa. But what’s really changing and how will you - and your business - be affected?

The Commonwealth government recently announced it would be abolishing the subclass 457 Visa and replacing it with a new system for employment-related immigration. With little notice of the changes and lots of questions still to be answered, this move has left a lot of employers and sponsored…

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How psychometric testing can help overcome bias in hiring

Posted on May 19, 2017 at 15:58 0 Comments

 We’re all biased, whether we care to admit it or not. And bias becomes a real problem when it interferes with your ability to find real talent and affects your business’s growth.

We are all biased, whether we care to admit it or not.

That’s not the same thing as saying we’re all racist, xenophobic, homophobic or misogynistic. It’s not even the same thing as saying we prefer people who have the same background as us or think the same way we do (although,…

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