About John Salter

John Salter is a Director of BTS Accord, BTLawyers specialist HR/IR business. http://www.btlawyers.com.au/john-salter/

Turnbull Government raises the bar for employment records.

By | September 6th, 2017|HR/IR, News|

By John Salter The Federal Government has passed new legislation which will make the completion and retention of accurate records by Employers of all matters associated with employment more important than it has ever been. It has also extended the obligations of franchisors to ensure their franchisees are properly paying employees and keeping up to [...]

Fair Work Commission lifts minimum wage rates by $22 per week- a surprising 3.3% increase

By | June 6th, 2017|HR/IR, Industrial Relations, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By John Salter The Fair Work Commission President Justice Iain Ross handed down the commission’s annual judgement today on what will be minimum pay rates in Australia for the financial year  commencing 1 July 2017- and it seems no one is happy with the result.  The Commission is required to conduct the annual review and [...]

Drug testing employees? Make sure you’ve got a policy in place.

By | April 10th, 2017|HR/IR, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By John Salter This article was first published by SmartCompany on 6 April 2017. You suspect one of your staff members is regularly turning up to work affected by their drug intake. Or there’s been an incident at work, and an investigation has uncovered that the staff member involved was impaired by alcohol at the [...]

What should employers do about EBA’s in the absence of Australian Industrial Relations reform?

By | February 16th, 2017|HR/IR, Industrial Relations|

By John Salter, BTS Accord. “We would have liked to have seen a more ambitious agenda by the government over the last three years on industrial relations, there’s no doubt about that.” This is a quote from Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia (BCA), to Australian Agenda in June 2016. Her [...]

What should you do when an employee goes AWOL? It’s not as straightforward as you might think.

By | February 14th, 2017|HR/IR, Staff Policies and Processes|

By John Salter, BTSAccord One day Mary doesn’t show up to work. You don’t hear from her to say that she’s sick, has an injury, or giving any explanation for her absence, and it’s out of character for her to not show up. But then she doesn’t show up the next day, or the day [...]

Are your staff policies up to scratch? Lessons from some recent Fair Work Commission decisions.

By | November 2nd, 2016|HR/IR, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By John Salter, Director, BTS Accord This article first appeared in Beef Central on 28 October 2016   As an employer, are your policy and process documents really up to scratch when it comes to workplace discipline and cases where a dismissal may be unavoidable? If you’re not sure, it’s definitely time to check. Two [...]