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Action Finally - Misleading conduct by "Workplace Advisory Companies"

Tony Perkins - Monday, July 10, 2017

Back in July 2013, we posted an article warning about the dangers of HR Consultancies making misleading and inappropriate claims regarding their ability to "guarantee" compliance.   read more

10 Questions Small Business Owners Need to Ask Themselves

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Yesterday, I visited a small business in the hospitality industry.  We had an interesting chat, largely about how to use their award to the best advantage of their business and their employees. read more

Top Five Small Business HR Questions - September Edition

Tony Perkins - Thursday, September 05, 2013

At People Smartz we receive a large number of phone calls and website hits every month from clients, ex-clients and others requesting information regarding Small Business HR Issues. We have been keeping records for sometime about the questions asked, however, for the first time this month, we have decided to publish the top 5 topics based on the questions asked.  Our top five for the last month are: read more

Unfair Dismissal Claims Increase by 9 Percent

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fair Work Australia this week released its latest annual report.  It is interesting reading. As you can see by the title of this post, the number of unfair dismissal claims has once again risen over the year 2011-2012 to a total of 14,027.  This is an increase of 9.2%. The "headline" number for the government in this report is the number of claims settled overall under this system - 81%.  Evidence that the system is "working" they say. 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

Australia's New Modern Award System

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Australia's new Modern Award system is now nearly 3 months old.  In that time, I have been dealing with small to medium sized businesses, assisting them in ensuring they are meeting the requirements of the awards and the National Employment Standards. read more

New Workplace Laws - The Top Five Things Businesses Are Missing

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Over the last two months, we have seen a huge increase in businesses requesting we conduct our free compliance check on their business. The reason for this is the implementation of the new Modern Awards and the National Employment Standards.  We are now seeing the effect of these new awards and standards on business and the additional burdens they involve. Our experience with these reviews has enabled us to identify the 5 most common things we are seeing that businesses need to change because of the new laws. read more

Welcome to 2010 - and Modern Awards!

Tony Perkins - Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year! Listening to the news last night here in Brisbane, the reports were on many new laws/changes being introduced in the new year.  Bus Fares were going up, politicians were going to be paid more etc. But there was not one mention of some of the most wide spread changes to the working lives of Australians.  Effective today, Australia's new system of modern awards and the National Employment Standards (NES) will now govern the way businesses employ and manage their staff. read more

Christmas - A Time to Party or A Time to Beware?

Tony Perkins - Monday, November 30, 2009

End of year/Christmas Office parties - a great time to unwind, rub shoulders with workmates and other great antics.  They can be a fun time! But end of year parties have a very serious side as many of these antics lead to "regrets" after. Recent research in Australia found that 70% of people believed that hitting the booze led to a more "personal" feeling amongst staff.  Nearly a quarter of females interviewed admitted that their boss had made a pass at them at an office party. read more

Businesses Need to Act Now!

Tony Perkins - Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Only 37 days to go until Modern Awards and the National Employment Standards take effect, use this time Now! In 37 days, Modern Awards and the National Employment Standards will begin governing the working relationships of nearly all Australians.  Recent legislation passed by state parliaments will see the Federal System of awards covering all private businesses in Australia for the first time. This is a significant step forward in Australian Industrial Relations.  For the first time ever, we will be coming close to having a national system governing employment relationships. read more



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