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Suspend first, ask questions later?

There is an emerging trend for employers to suspend employees the moment any potential disciplinary issue arises.  However, the result is that employees are often needlessly forced to be away from the workplace which can be both soul destroying for the employee and...

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Fixed term contracts – still worth the trouble?

There's a common perception that fixed term employment contracts mean no unfair dismissal claims.  At the start of 2017, we warned of the dangers of these contracts.  To recap, a true fixed term contract is for a specified time.  If the employer terminates before the...

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Beware the office Christmas party!

The office Christmas party season will soon be in full swing again.  Employers should be careful not to let celebrations get out of hand.  A few practical steps can help prevent any embarrassing incidents, disciplinary action and potential litigation: Employees should...

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Don’t get caught out by long service leave!

When does an employer have to pay long service leave?  The basic rule in Queensland is that full time and part time employees are entitled to 8.6667 weeks of long service leave after 10 years service.  More long service leave can be taken after 15 years of service and...

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Are you up to date with the new minimum wage?

Now is a good time to make sure you are meeting (or being paid!) your minimum pay obligations.  Minimum wages increased from 1 July 2017 as a result of the Fair Work Commission's recent decision to award a minimum wage increase of 3.3%.  This means the federal weekly...

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Penalty rate changes – Just the facts ma’am!

The employment safety net comprises Fair Work Act minimum standards (eg annual leave) and industrial award minimum pay and conditions in various industries and occupations. When the new award system commenced in 2010 (under the previous government) an inbuilt check...

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Buying a business? Its about the people stupid.

Don't be dazzled by the figures or the brand when buying a business.  People (both contractors and employees) are the most important asset. Do your due diligence before agreeing to take on any of the seller's employees.  Look at existing employment agreements,...

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There are no bad employees, only bad managers

We are all guilty of having employees (or contractors) we don't want to deal with.  We let things simmer until, WHAMMO!, we snap and decide they have to go, preferably RIGHT NOW!  It is of course best to sleep on it before making any hasty decisions which might have...

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