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Changes to Pay for Casuals on Retail Award - Penalty Rates

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, September 25, 2019

On 1 October 2019, the penalty rates for casuals employed under the General Retail Industry Award will change. read more

Changes to Personal Leave Impacts All Employers

Tony Perkins - Thursday, September 05, 2019

A recent decision by the Federal Court has significant impacts on how personal leave is managed within businesses.. read more

7-Eleven - The other lesson learnt for Franchisors

Tony Perkins - Friday, September 11, 2015

Over the past few weeks the 7-Eleven Franchise Group has received some very poor publicity. read more

Do You Intend Changing Your Rosters? Read this first!

Tony Perkins - Thursday, February 06, 2014

An additional "step" in the process of managing rosters has recently been introduced to the Fair Work Act. read more

Lets Make People Management "Simple"

Tony Perkins - Thursday, April 11, 2013

I often visit small and growing businesses to discuss with them their people management needs. Their need is a very simple one - "I just want to treat my people right and make sure I am compliant". Unfortunately,until recently, that need could not be addressed in a simple manner and many employers would place the need in the "too hard" basket.   read more

Workplace Bullying Changes to Fair Work Act

Tony Perkins - Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Federal Government has introduced into parliament its second tranche of legislation amending the Fair Work Act. The changes to the Act include new responsibilities for the Fair Work Commission in regards to Workplace Bullying by introducing a new avenue for a employee to complain about Workplace Bullying. The bill allows a worker who believes they are being bullied at work to apply to the Commission for an order to stop the bullying. read more

Working from Home - Not as simple as it sounds!

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Occasionally at People Smartz we see trends beginning to develop in regards to the areas we are asked to assist businesses. At the moment, we seem to have a "run" on businesses approaching us to assist with issues that have arisen as a result of working from home arrangements. Over the last three months, we have assisted a number of businesses and organisations to "sort out" these arrangements.  The majority of these businesses were not for profit and run by a "volunteer" executive or elected officials.  Over time, the nature of these businesses had resulted in there being a lack of awareness in regards to the activities of employee/s of the business - in one case, the Executive did not even really know the physical address of their "office"! read more

Importance of "Fair" Disciplinary Procedures Emphasised

Tony Perkins - Monday, March 21, 2011

A recent case before Fair Work Australia has emphasied the importance of employers having a fair and published process in regards to handling disciplinary problems with staff. The case (Michelle de Leon v Spice Temple Pty Ltd [2010] FWA 3497, revolved around the "abrupt and quite unprofessional" manner with which an employee had dealt with a high profile customer. As a result of a complaint from the customer, the employee was dismissed from her position. The Deputy President of FWA was very critical of the employer because: read more

Warning - Fair Work Ombudsman says Leave Loading Payable on Termination

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Fair Work Ombudsman has given advice that award wage employees are entitled to the payment of leave loading on termination of employment. read more



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