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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|

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|

Social media profiles and recruitment – the pros and cons

Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager. In recent years it has become common practice to review social media profiles as part of the recruitment process to help assess suitability for the role. While this practice can provide an employer with additional information, assessing an applicant’s online profile can be dangerous - there are

2019-08-15T11:42:37+10:00August 15th, 2019|Articles, HR News, News|

All You Need to Know About Changes to Minimum Wages

Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager. Further to our ‘Newsflash’ on this topic in June, each year the Fair Work Commission (FWC) carries out an annual minimum wage review. The 2019 annual wage review was announced last month, with the new minimum wage rates taking effect from the first full pay period

2019-07-09T14:00:25+10:00July 9th, 2019|Articles, HR News, News|

Employee or Contractor: knowing the difference is crucial

Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager. Although we have covered this matter in previous HR Helpline articles, it is a topic that is very complex. Many businesses have difficulty with understanding the differentiation between an ‘independent contractor’ and an ‘employee’. The distinction between contractors and employees can be a grey area at times,

2019-06-13T13:46:32+10:00June 13th, 2019|Articles, HR News, News|