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Our blogs cover a different topic each time, and provide some great general human resource information, relevant case law and tips on how to effectively manage your staff. Our Toolbox Talks are a great short staff meeting to run with your staff to ensure that you are keeping them up to date and trained on your WH&S and general policies and procedures.

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Webinar Recording – All Things HR 2021

Webinar Recording – All Things HR 2021

Join Phoebe Kitto & Deanne Baker from HR Dynamics to discuss all things HR in 2021… * the Covid Jab and what it means for your business * recent cases in wage underpayments * award coverage * what are the recent IR Changes (casual employmen
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Webinar: Correct Award Coverage

Webinar: Correct Award Coverage

It is definitely not a case of set and forget. Breakthru Ltd (a disability services provider with offices across North Queensland and in NSW) is the newest company to sign an Enforceable Undertaking with Fair Work. During the process of negotiating a
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Conflict in the Workplace Toolbox Talk

Conflict in the Workplace Toolbox Talk

Conflict in the workplace is a hot topic of conversation in the world of business owners and managers. Conflict in the workplace can cause an increase in sick leave, lower staff productivity, increased complaints from customers and clients, and an in
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The End of JobKeeper

The End of JobKeeper

There is an enormous about of fatigue at the moment with business owners. This month marks the end of JobKeeper, which is the pointy end for a lot of businesses of this whole sorry mess brought about by Covid.    We are seeing a lot of
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Toolbox Talk – Cyber Safety

Toolbox Talk – Cyber Safety

ToolBox TalkCyber Safety is about making sure that you have appropriate controls in place to keep your data safe.   This Toolbox Talk is discussion starting point to have with all staff to promote cyber safety and security.  LINK TO TALK:  Th
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Flat Rates of Pay for Casual Employees

Flat Rates of Pay for Casual Employees

With the last round of wage increases rolling out on February 1st we have received a number of calls regarding the ability to pay flat or loaded rates to casual employees.  Given some of the decisions made by Fair Work in 2020 relating to c
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JobKeeper Update – 4 January 2021

JobKeeper Update – 4 January 2021

Join Teneal Fabiani and Kylie McQuie from HR Dynamics to discuss the changes to JobKeeper that take effect from the 4 January 2021.
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Public Holiday Payments – Christmas/New Year 2020/2021

Public Holiday Payments – Christmas/New Year 2020/2021

It’s that time of year again!  The dreaded “what do I pay on a public holiday”.  We won’t even lie, we have a meeting each Christmas and Easter about how the public holidays work for that year, it’s usually a hot complicated mess
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Mental Health In the Workplace – Webinar

Mental Health In the Workplace – Webinar

This practical webinar with Jamen Wilcox and Deanne Baker explores what Employers can do to ensure that mental health in their workplaces is managed.   Both the slides and webinar are available for download.
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Employing Staff 2020 – Webinar Recording

Employing Staff 2020 – Webinar Recording

Changes to casual pay rates (these are new November 2020 changes!)• Changes to annualised salaries and your obligations• A growth in Bullying complaints and staff Grievances during 2020 – how can you protect your business? Webinar Recording wit
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National Skin Cancer Action Week – Sunsafe Toolbox Talk

National Skin Cancer Action Week – Sunsafe Toolbox Talk

In the link above we have a simple toolbox talk to which outlines the importance of helping employees to be sunsafe and managing their exposure to heat stress. Safe Work Australia states that Working in heat can be hazardous and can cause harm to wor
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STP Finalisation Process

STP Finalisation Process

Julie from SmartBiz HQ will be joining Phoebe Kitto to discuss your bookkeeping and payroll requirements for EOFY. This will be the first year that many small businesses have Single Touch Payroll (STP) and there are some end of year processes that yo
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OPINION | EMOTIONAL LOAD

OPINION | EMOTIONAL LOAD

People want their cake and want to eat it too”. The somewhat naïve but totally innocent comment made by a family member, regarding business closures and border shutdowns in the state of Queensland sparked a fierce reaction.
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2020 Minimum Wage Increase

2020 Minimum Wage Increase

The Fair Work Commission has just issued its decision on the 2019/2020 wage review with rates increasing by 1.75% but there’s a catch, the wage increases will be staggered with the modern awards being split into three different groups
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Webinar Recording: Casual Employment Under the Spotlight

Webinar Recording: Casual Employment Under the Spotlight

Covid-19 Recovery Group – Webinar Click here for the Webinar Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/vcIuIbz9-D83GdOT4wSDA_4vW9Tuev2sgXAf__YLmh7jAndRM1b3MuNAMOpuGjdrMI1pmv_B8NCwaZTs?startTime=1591311506000 This webinar covers the following
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Congratulations!  You have made it to mid- May 2020

Congratulations! You have made it to mid- May 2020

You have now reached Level 5 of Jumanji!  The workplace and business environment are still dominated by confusion and anxiety – and the with the constant changes it really is starting to feel like we are in a game of Jumanji.   Unfor
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Leadership in Corona Recovery – Phase 1

Leadership in Corona Recovery – Phase 1

Musings of Phoebe Kitto, Director, Human Resource Dynamics Now we are seeing the next stage, the anger. We’ve managed to get through the first stage of Corona, the anxiety, the ‘what is going to happen?’ stage –  This was the stage w
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Toolbox Talk: Hand-washing

Toolbox Talk: Hand-washing

There are some things that should not go back to “normal” and hand-washing is one of them! Let’s all keep up the hand hygiene! Download our free Toolbox Talk below. We have discussed previously the importance of having policies in y
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Did you miss our JobKeeper webinar?

Did you miss our JobKeeper webinar?

Covered in the webinar is:– What is a JobKeeper Directive?– What documentation do I need for a JobKeeper Directive?– What consultation do I need to do for JobKeeper Directives? Ie: changes to rosters and hours of work– What ha
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Your HR partner during Covid-19

Your HR partner during Covid-19

Click here to join our last Free webinar: When: May 14, 2020 11:00 AM Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0P-r75jnSwaQRvMo16ir5w Our program is designed to give employers the Human Resource support and to
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Conflict in the Workplace

Conflict in the Workplace

Conflict in the workplace is a hot topic of conversation in the world of business owners and managers. Conflict in the workplace can cause an increase in sick leave, lower staff productivity, increased complaints from customers and clients, and an in
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Bullying, Harassment & Discrimination

Bullying, Harassment & Discrimination

And just like that, it is August! We hope that your End of Financial Year went well, and that you are ready to finish the year on a high. By now you should be aware that the Minimum Wage (and therefore Modern Awards) have increased by 3%, if you have
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Timesheets & Overtime

Timesheets & Overtime

“More than colleagues, we are family.” – Statements from MadE Establishment before they were found to have underpaid 515 of their workers a total of over $7.8 million. FACTS: MadE Establishment, of which celebrity chef George Calombaris is
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Meal Breaks

Meal Breaks

By Marise Donnolley workplaceinfo.com.au A delivery driver who was denied meal breaks for four years was entitled to double time for hours worked beyond 5.5 hours each day, a tribunal has ruled. The South Australian Employment Tribunal found the empl
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