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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

Christmas - a time to be jolly?

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Company Christmas Party - just deciding whether to have one can be a minefield for businesses! read more

Is Small Business Doing Enough to Prevent Unfair Dismissal Claims?

Tony Perkins - Friday, December 19, 2014

Industrial Relations and Workplace Health and Safety - Your Obligations Belong to You

Tony Perkins - Friday, July 19, 2013

A couple of days ago I was discussing Small Business HR with a perspective client.  He was on the look out for a HR System to use in his business. 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

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

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

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

The Cost of Non Compliance

Tony Perkins - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

This will be a short blog entry but probably the most important you will read! Australia's new IR Laws come with a kick.  If you are non compliant you can be fined and forced to pay back pay, credit accruals, pay additional superannuation guarantee payments and additional pay roll tax - and that is only the start of the list! read more


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