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 [...]

Five things employers should do following a workplace accident

By | June 1st, 2017|HR/IR, Litigation, Safety, Staff Policies and Processes, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Carlen Lowe  “Every action in the present prepare us for the future.” ― Lailah GiftyAkita It is something every employer dreads; a workplace accident which causes injury to one of their employees.  Knowledge and preparedness however will ensure a prompt, appropriate response to these undesirable events. Each incident will be different and an employer’s [...]

5 ways your safety culture could impact the outcome of a common law claim

By | May 31st, 2017|HR/IR, News, Safety, Staff Policies and Processes|

by George Williams Long gone are the days when workers wore sneakers and singlets to work sites, hard hats were optional, and workers could be left in charge of machinery without thorough safety training. Instead you’ll now be hard pressed to find a business or employer that doesn’t have a ‘zero harm’ style safety program [...]

Eyes Wide Shut: Employer’s liability and management of employee fatigue

By | May 9th, 2017|HR/IR, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By Carlen Lowe and Clint Kanther You’ve got an employee who’s just finished working four straight days of 12-hour shifts. He lives five hours away. At the end of his last shift, he elects to drive home. Three hours into his journey he falls asleep at the wheel and has a single vehicle accident. As [...]

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 [...]

Out Cold: How sporting clubs should manage the health and legal risks of concussions

By | April 10th, 2017|Litigation, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By George Williams  As the NRL season in Australia kicks off for another year, there is one thing that we can be guaranteed to see on the field several times before the season ends – players experiencing concussion. Due to the nature of contact sports, concussions are inevitable - independent research undertaken by the NRL [...]

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 [...]

Employers: there’s a 1 in 4 chance your female staff members are experiencing domestic violence at home.

By | November 15th, 2016|Domestic Violence, Family Law, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By John Salter and Vanessa Hernandez Domestic Violence Awareness Month may be over, but the drive to improve responses to it in the workplace are just beginning. This week, a full bench of the Australian Work Commission is sitting in Melbourne to hear and determine a test case claim by the Australian Council of Trade [...]

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 [...]