HR essentials

  • Smokers under fire by HCA

    New research has revealed that fatal heart attacks decline amongst all workers when workplaces go smoke-free.

  • Are your HR investigation procedures up to scratch? by Stephanie Zillman

    As another unfair dismissal case ends in favour of the employee, it may be time to take a closer look at your investigation procedures to ensure the integrity of due processes is being upheld.

  • 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.

  • Unfair dismissals: extension of time application tougher by HCA

    FWA (Fair Work Australia) in dismissing a recent extension of time application, has indicated it will allow extensions only in “rare cases, where there are exceptional circumstances.”

  • What is acceptable alternative employment? by HCA

    In a recent case, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) refused an application by Tasman Sheepskin Tannery Pty Ltd (TST) to avoid paying severance pay to redundant employees under the Tanning Industry Award 1999

  • Issues arising from award modernisation by HCA

    With the AIRC’s Award Modernisation process well under way, further issues of concern are beginning to crystallise for employers. Those issues include the narrow time frame for employers to prepare, uncertainty surrounding transitional rates of pay and the significant creep in award coverage

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