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Supercharged – Superannuation obligations for independent contractors

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Australia – Full Court (Full Court) has provided some clarity to employers in relation to when the obligation to pay superannuation will or will not arise.

The Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (SGA Act) requires employers to pay the superannuation guarantee for certain “employees” to avoid the superannuation guarantee charge. The SGA Act defines an “employee” by reference to its…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 30, 2023 at 8:33 — No Comments

Barking up a broad tree: Remote work environment risks and considerations

Work from home arrangements have become the “new normal” across many workplaces since the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is well known that an employer’s work health and safety obligation to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of its employees applies to all work environments, including where employees work from home.

The relocation of the workplace to a person’s private premises exposes employers to outside factors, such as an employee’s personal…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 30, 2023 at 8:22 — No Comments

Why should you have written employment contracts in place? Two words – reasonable notice!

In the absence of a formal written employment contracts, especially for long-serving, senior employees, and well-paid employees, there’s a possibility they might claim ‘reasonable notice’ upon…


Added by Jonathan Mamaril on November 30, 2023 at 7:30 — No Comments

OnlyFans and the changing landscape of employment law: Can an employer terminate employment?

In today’s digital age and with many more employees looking to increase their potential income through secondary employment, the lines between personal and professional lives are becoming increasingly blurred. With platforms like OnlyFans offering individuals a means to monetize their content and pursue their passions, traditional notions of…


Added by Jonathan Mamaril on November 29, 2023 at 8:00 — No Comments

Measuring the return on employee learning investment: A guide for businesses

Regardless of the size of an organisation, some similarities exist between employees and physical company assets. To ensure that an organisation achieves strategic effectiveness and operational efficiency, it is essential to invest in them. An increase in headcount raises costs however the best way to continue to improve productivity and business viability is to equip staff with the right knowledge, tools, or skills. The digital transformation of Australian workplaces is helping streamline…


Added by Tony Maguire on November 27, 2023 at 9:30 — No Comments

Spooky season: Are you affected by the zombie agreement deadline?

As part of the introduction of the Fair Work system for Australia’s national workplace relations system ushered in by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 (Cth) (Transitional Act) provided for the continued existence and application of industrial instruments created under the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth) or before the FW Act…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 23, 2023 at 8:00 — No Comments

Five tips to keep you motivated – regardless of what you are chasing.

Whether you want to check off your to-do list, live a healthier lifestyle, make a difference in the world through philanthropy or kick some serious goals you need a strong dose of motivation.

Motivation gives us the courage and momentum to live our dreams and follow our passions and, what’s more, it’s…

Added by Jennifer Jefferies on November 8, 2023 at 13:17 — No Comments

It’s a tent-s situation: Employer unlawfully discriminated against employee with breastfeeding responsibilities

There are a number of personal attributes that are protected by Australia’s federal and state anti-discrimination laws, such as a person’s race, sex, pregnancy, marital status, family responsibilities, breastfeeding, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

In a unique decision, the Australian Capital Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal was recently required to determine a complaint of discrimination based on the protected attribute of…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 1, 2023 at 9:30 — No Comments

How to support your managers in the new world of work

An international research report from Insights has revealed that managers are at risk of being neglected in the new world of work, and that organisations, leaders, managers and employees need to take action.

We surveyed more than 3,000 office workers from across the globe about their preferences and the future of hybrid working. We found that whilst managers believe their…


Added by Marco Favaloro on October 27, 2023 at 3:30 — No Comments

A strategic management framework to help your marketing team to get greater results.

In a highly competitive business environment where some of the most tried and tested marketing strategies aren’t performing as well as in years past, supporting your marketing team is more important than ever to ensure you stay at the forefront of your customer’s minds.

Establishing a strategic management framework is a key part of this. How do your team stay on top of what tasks have been completed and what’s outstanding? How do they assess how the tasks contribute to the overall…


Added by Ben Hirons on October 26, 2023 at 22:14 — No Comments

Template lesson: Failure to warn employee renders dismissal unfair

Many businesses, and in particular small businesses employers subscribe to human resources information systems (HRIS) which offer access to template letters and policies to provide a ready-made solution or to manage human resources administration.

While HRIS software may aid in managing simple human resources matters, recently, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) found that an employer’s lack of HR knowledge impacted on the procedures followed in effecting…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 25, 2023 at 12:26 — No Comments

Fair Work (Closing Loopholes) Bill: Significant changes ahead

Another set of sweeping IR reforms are set to see employers across Australia impacted by the Government's third tranche of amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act).

The Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 (Bill), has been referred to a parliamentary committee process, which means that the Bill will not be put to vote until early 2024. In the meantime, see below for some of the key changes being proposed.

Change to the…


Added by Alison Kennedy on October 24, 2023 at 17:00 — No Comments

Embracing an era of business travel that is sustainable, inclusive and safe

The return of business travel has presented us with a unique opportunity to reimagine the way we approach work-related journeys.  

We stand at the beginning of a new era where we can revamp our approach to travel, ensuring it aligns with our values of sustainability, inclusivity, and safety for years to come. 

Sustainable travel 

In 2023, a shift toward more meaningful business…


Added by Kate Hughes on October 16, 2023 at 14:00 — No Comments

The code of practice: Managing the risk of psychosocial hazards at work

The regulation of psychosocial risks under Work Health and Safety Law is not new to Queensland businesses. However, in April 2023, amendments to the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld) (WHS Regs) and introduction of the Code of Practice: Managing the Risk of Psychosocial Hazards at Work (Code) resulted in…


Added by Alison Kennedy on October 14, 2023 at 15:30 — No Comments

How To Plug Into Limitless Energy

You may find yourself exhausted with the constant demands life is throwing your way, and perhaps you’re finding this is depleting your energy.  It’s no surprise that many people feel drained, both physically and mentally.

As a naturopath, my focus is on holistic health, which is an approach that considers the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—in the…


Added by Jennifer Jefferies on October 12, 2023 at 13:39 — No Comments

The impact of consistent choices in human resources: Compounding results

Human Resources (HR) managers make decisions that have a profound impact on their organizations and employees. Whether it's implementing policies, handling employee relations, or shaping the company culture, the choices consistently made can compound over time, leading to significant outcomes. The reality is, consistent choices, both positive and negative, can compound results in the realm of HR. Understanding this concept can help HR managers navigate their responsibilities with greater…


Added by Jennifer Jefferies on October 11, 2023 at 14:30 — No Comments

Hot button words. What are they?

Have you ever heard the term 'hot button' words? 

As the old saying goes, 'words have power'. The catch phrase, hot button words is all about words that tend to trigger an emotional response in people.

Words such as 'No', 'But', 'Can't', 'Should', 'Must' are considered hot button words. But why?? What do these words enliven in people???…


Added by Alison Kennedy on October 5, 2023 at 19:28 — No Comments

Santa's coming! Closure countdown – annual leave and shutdown rule changes

With Christmas less than 90 days away, employers should be turning their mind to planning and confirming their Christmas/New Year shutdown arrangements.

What is a “shutdown”?

A shutdown, sometimes referred to as a close down, occurs when an employer’s business (or part of the business) temporarily shuts down for a period of time. Shutdowns usually occur during holiday periods such as Christmas/New Year, when there is a decrease in general business activity or…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 3, 2023 at 10:00 — No Comments

Don’t you forget about me: Disability Discrimination and the positive duty to make reasonable adjustments

Disability discrimination legislation protects persons from being treated less favourably as the result of their disability.

In Panazzolo v Don’s Mechanical and Diesel Service Pty Ltd [2023] FedCFamC2G 665, the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia criticised an employer’s complete failure to make reasonable adjustments for an employee who suffered a disability arising from a non-work related injury.

The employee was employed as a Diesel Mechanic for Don’s…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 3, 2023 at 10:00 — No Comments

July 2023 FW Act changes and what they mean for employers and soon to be parents

On 22 June 2023, the Australian Government passed the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Protecting Worker Entitlements) Act 2023. This legislation introduced a number of changes to the Fair Work Act, including greater flexibility around the taking of unpaid parental leave.

Under the new scheme and legislative changes, employees taking unpaid parental leave will be able to take up to 20 weeks (100 days) of their 12 month leave entitlement more flexibly. Specifically, this will mean that…


Added by Alison Kennedy on September 28, 2023 at 16:32 — No Comments

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