HR 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|

Changes to minimum wages – effective 1 July 2019

Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager. Each year the Fair Work Commission carries out an annual minimum wage review. The 2019 annual wage review has been announced, with the new minimum wage rates taking effect as of the first full pay period on, or after 1 July 2019. The decision increases minimum

2019-06-03T15:50:25+10:00June 3rd, 2019|Articles, HR News, News|

Workplace Myths – Busted!

Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager. It’s important for employers to be aware of responsibilities relating to employee rights and employer obligations. From time to time, employers and employees have misunderstandings about their rights and obligations at work.  The Fair Work Ombudsman frequently sees examples of employers running their business based on myth.

2019-04-12T10:49:21+10:00April 12th, 2019|Articles, HR News, News|

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Soft Skills

Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager. Soft skills are transferable skills that an employee has - such as attitude, communication, decision-making, teamwork, time management etc. They are the behavioural attributes, personality traits and communication abilities needed for success on the job. They define how a person interacts in their relationships with others; they’re

2019-04-09T14:18:55+10:00April 9th, 2019|Articles, HR News, News|

Changes to flexible work laws: what you need to know

Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager. As part of the 4-yearly review of the Modern Awards, the rules around flexible work requests changed. The Fair Work Commission has inserted into all Modern Awards a model term for requests for flexible working arrangements. This change took effect on 1 December 2018. Employers are no

2019-02-22T10:55:02+10:00February 22nd, 2019|Articles, HR News, News|

HR Planning for the Year Ahead

Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager. With holiday festivities drawing to an end and most of us returning to work after a much-needed break, it’s time to start 2019 with renewed vigour -whether that’s making sure your business plan is on track, undertaking some further study, managing work/life balance more effectively to spend

2019-01-22T12:15:56+10:00January 22nd, 2019|Articles, HR News, News|

Using Gold Seal’s Employment Agreement templates effectively

Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager. As many of you are aware, Gold Seal has developed Common Law Employment Agreement (CL Agreement) templates so you can easily develop robust agreements for your employees. One is based on the National Employment Standards (NES) and the Banking Finance and Insurance Award 2010 (BFI Award), and

2019-01-07T12:47:43+10:00January 7th, 2019|Articles, HR News, News|