Jonathan Mamaril's Blog (7)

The Gig Economy – “Uber” factors to consider

The gig economy has arguably revolutionised the labour market, allowing short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs. 

The gig economy provides a platform for businesses to offer their services to their clients or customers via the engagement of short-term contracts as contractors or consultants.  The most famous examples are Uber and Airtasker however business consultants and graphic designers are just as prone to this type of engagement.

Care ought to…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 23, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

Professionals must accept the “rough and smooth” of working outside the normal working hours

There has been significant discussion around working outside normal business hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) and whether those extra hours should be paid as either overtime or time off in lieu (TOIL).

In a decision by Commissioner Mathews in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, the Commissioner made it abundantly clear that employees who work in “professional” roles (such as a certified practicing accountant) need to accept that in the real world…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 18, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

Why you can’t afford to take your "eye off the ball" when it comes to old contracts

Employers may be exposing themselves to unnecessary risk due to old employment contracts that have not been updated to reflect their current policies.

A recent decision in the Brisbane District Court has seen former Wallabies coach John Connolly awarded a sum of $150,000 (excluding costs and interest) as a result of his former employer, Queensland Rugby Union, terminating his employment.

The termination occurred under the…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 9, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

‘Tis the season to be jolly sensible

The office Christmas party can be a great place to unwind, celebrate your wins and socialise with your staff and work colleagues. But unwind a little too much, or fail to act on employee’s complaints about inappropriate behaviour towards them, and your business, culture and potentially bottom line can take a big hit.

Every January and February there is a rise in policy changes, health and safety audits, investigations, disciplinary action, and subsequent dismissals as a result of…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on November 29, 2017 at 15:16 — No Comments

Baby plans, pregnancy and the workplace – do employers have a right to know?

It is a question that has been up for public debate since Jacinda Ardern, the recently elected Labour Party leader in New Zealand, had to deal with controversy hours into her new job after radio show announcer Mark Richardson said New Zealanders had a right to know whether there was a possibility their potential prime minister might take maternity leave.

While on air Mr Richardson said, “If you are the employer of a company you need to know that type of thing from the woman you…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on September 7, 2017 at 12:32 — No Comments

Why more employees are filing General Protections claims

Over the last six months we have seen a significant rise in General Protections claims made against employers, with business owners and managers needing to defend themselves and their company against claims of sham arrangements, adverse action and discrimination. Many of these claims are being made even while employees are involved in a show cause or performance management process.

To help you protect your employment brand and mitigate risk and liability, here is what you need to know…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on May 25, 2017 at 21:02 — No Comments

Could your employee’s redundancy be made legally redundant?

With change becoming the new constant in business, owners and managers can face the difficult decision of making staff redundant to ensure their survival. 

But how do you make sure you do it in an ethical, strategic and legal way that won’t make your redundancies redundant? Here is a step-by-step guide to doing it the right way.

Base redundancies on position not person

A genuine redundancy is when you no longer need an…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on February 14, 2017 at 10:52 — No Comments

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