HR essentials

  • Failure to make up shortfall ends up costing much more by Astrid Wilson

    Just 15% of employers bring in extra staff to cover the shortfall created when employees go on annual or long-service leave – but thriftiness comes at a price.

  • Legislation against employers seeking Facebook login details by Astrid Wilson

    Asking for a candidate’s Facebook login details is a fatally flawed practice from the get-go, and any use of Facebook presents risks around discrimination.

  • All’s not fair in text messages and employment contracts by Stephanie Zillman

    The decision of the former Health Services Union national president to quit via text message earlier this week is a reminder for employers that text message communication in employment contracts isn’t a two-way street.

  • Massive rise in work bullying claims by Stephanie Zillman

    Victim compensation claims for workplace bullying more than trebled over the past four years – it may be high-time to up the ante in workplace investigations.

  • How to tell an employee they stink by Stephanie Zillman

    From time to time the burden of responsibility falls on HR to address complaints from colleagues, even if it means telling a particular staff member they need to clean up … literally!

  • Don’t fall victim to the winter blues by Stephanie Zillman

    The winter months are known for employee engagement challenges, due in no small part to shorter days, cold and flu, and more time inside.

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