Important Human Resources Legislative Changes for 2020

    Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager With the conclusion of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) four-yearly review of modern awards late 2019, 2020 is already shaping up to be a year of legislative change within the HR/IR space. With these changes comes very important record keeping requirements and the need to

2020-02-18T10:03:32+10:00February 18th, 2020|Articles, HR News, News|

Changes to Banking, Finance and Insurance Award 2020

    Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager The Fair Work Commission (FWC) have been reviewing all modern awards as part of the 4-yearly review since 2014. This process has included the ‘plain language re-drafting’ which has clarified how some award clauses work and changed other clauses. The FWC have made changes to

2020-01-28T11:23:44+10:00January 28th, 2020|Articles, HR News, News|

Entitlements during natural disasters

Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager. A range of natural disasters, such as bushfires, floods, cyclones and severe storms can cause devastation to communities and financial hardship for individuals and businesses. Currently bushfires across Australia are affecting many parts of the country, with many workplaces and individuals affected. There are a number of

2020-01-10T08:54:54+10:00January 10th, 2020|Articles, HR News, News|

Recovering training costs when employees leave

Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager. We are often asked about an employer’s rights in relation to recouping the costs of training where an employee leaves after gaining a qualification or fails to complete one. The provision of training and the costs associated with this often prove problematic for many employers, who make

2019-12-12T09:11:49+10:00December 12th, 2019|Articles, HR News, News|

Stamping out sexual harassment in the workplace

Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager. No workplace, big or small, is immune to sexual harassment. It is important for senior management in every business, even small business, to take strong action against sexual harassment in the workplace. Ensuring senior management promote a culture where employees feel able to speak up about poor

2019-11-14T12:47:11+10:00November 14th, 2019|Articles, HR News, News|

Breach Reporting – understanding your AFSL obligations

Author: Irene Moimoi, Compliance Coordinator, Gold Seal. $10,500 and/or 1 year in prison is the minimum penalty an individual will pay if a significant breach has not been reported; if you think that’s hefty, the penalty for a company is $52,500. Instantly when we think about breaches within our organisations we think “what went wrong?”

2019-10-31T11:08:15+10:00October 30th, 2019|Articles, News|

Personal vs General Advice and Retail vs Wholesale Clients

Author: Sheila Baker, Managing Director, Gold Seal. We’ve had a few queries to the Compliance Helpline recently which indicate that the knowledge once held by Brokers about FSR basics has become less clear than it could be. We recommend that you refresh yourself on the principles…even if you think you know them. Financial Services Reform

2019-10-11T12:57:28+10:00September 30th, 2019|Articles, News|

Legal Obligations when Reference Checking

Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager. Reference checking should be a mandatory step in the recruitment process - regardless of the position, and also when considering existing staff for a promotion or transfer within the business. It can be a legal minefield, so it is essential to understand legal obligations when conducting reference

2019-09-24T11:10:57+10:00September 24th, 2019|Articles, HR News, News|