2021 HR Trends

2021 HR Trends

2020 was a big year, but what is to come for 2021. How will the events of last year affect our workplaces, and what do employers need to consider looking forward? We have outlined the top six areas that will be important to HR in 2021 to help business owners stay...
Managing Fatigue on Farms

Managing Fatigue on Farms

Managing fatigue on farms during seeding and harvest can be particularly difficult because there is a lot of work to do in a short amount of time and the regulations are not specific except for heavy vehicle commercial drivers (truck drivers). For all other types of...
Casual Employee Controversy

Casual Employee Controversy

In May 2020, the Full Federal Court ordered an employer WorkPac to back pay a casual employee, Rossato, full paid leave entitlements and public holiday payments which he was owed on the basis he was a permanent employee that was mischaracterised as a casual. This...
Age discrimination in Australia

Age discrimination in Australia

11% of Australian workers say they have experienced age discrimination in their current role. The Always Designing for People (ADP) Global Workforce View 2020 report revealed age discrimination is the most common form of prejudice in Australian workplaces. 1,908...
2020 Wrap Up

2020 Wrap Up

As this unique and challenging year draws to a close, we summarise the changes to HR and Safety in 2020. This year the Fair Work Commission conducted its four-yearly review of modern awards. Changes were made to annualised salaries in several awards. Stricter...
Can you refuse annual leave over the Christmas period?

Can you refuse annual leave over the Christmas period?

For some businesses, the Christmas period is the busiest time of the year. However, it is also the time when most employees want to take leave. Can employers refuse annual leave over the Christmas period due to high operational demands? Annual leave may be taken for a...
WHSmith Underpays Australian Workers

WHSmith Underpays Australian Workers

WHSmith Australia has entered an enforceable undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman after underpaying employees by $2.2 million. WHSmith Australia, owned by UK company WHSmith PLC, operates news agencies and café stores in high traffic areas such as airports train...
Do casuals need to provide notice when resigning?

Do casuals need to provide notice when resigning?

The nature of casual employment is the employee does not have a firm commitment from their employer about how long they will be employed for or how much they work. Long term casuals are casual employees who have been engaged by an employer on a regular systematic...
National Library Underpayment

National Library Underpayment

The National Library of Australia, based in Canberra, has self-reported underpaying casual workers for the past two decades. The National Library is a public Commonwealth entity and has entered an enforceable undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman. The payroll...
WA Hospitality Workers Underpaid

WA Hospitality Workers Underpaid

Nearly 400 West Australian hospitality workers have been underpaid by restaurants and cafes that do not comply with employment law. Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety inspectors discovered 49 WA cafes and restaurants were underpaying staff during a...

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