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Are you ready for this? Changes to modern awards and introduction of Domestic Violence Leave in NES – Fair Work Commission Update

The Fair Work Commission has been busy at it again, in the lead up to the end of the calendar year!

In this blog, we will give you an overview of a number of changes which all employers need to be across, including:

  • Inclusion of ‘Casual Conversion’ entitlements in more modern awards (is your award one of them?);
  • New Flexible Working Arrangement clauses in all modern awards; and
  • Family & Domestic Violence Leave set to be introduced for all employees in the NES (effecting both Award-covered and Award-free employees).

With effective dates ranging from 1 December to 1 January, let’s ensure that you’re up to date before the year wraps up!

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All I want for Christmas is … HR Compliance!

Part 1 – The Holidays Are Upon Us!

Welcome to Part 1 of our 2-Part End of Year Blog Series. If you’re anything like us, Christmas has certainly snuck up on you this year… who can believe 2018 is almost over?! We’ve written this blog series to support you, the busy business owners and managers to get through the ‘silly season’ with as little fuss as possible.

As business owners and managers, we anticipate the trickiness of negotiating holiday periods, with leave, closures, recognition and Christmas parties being only some of the things we need to plan for. Below, you’ll find our simplest tricks to get you through to 2019 with a smile on your face, and the faces of your colleagues and team members.

Read more for some tips on

  • Public Holidays
  • Annual business closures/shut downs
  • The team Christmas Party

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Fair Work Commission Update – Retail Penalty Rates and Updates to Modern Awards

 

The Fair Work Commission has recently made decisions that impact on penalty rates payable in the Retail industry, as well as all employers whose employee are covered by Awards. The general Award changes are not significant, relating predominantly to the simplification of language on consultation, dispute resolution and Individual Flexibility Agreements, but important for all our clients to be aware of.

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SME HR Essentials | Part 2- Pay & Compliance

Growing your team can be daunting.  What do I really need to know? Where do I start?

Seed People Consulting is proud to present a Four-Part series of SME HR Basics to help you set up your business with the core HR requirements (as well as a couple of bonus points!) to ensure you’re compliant, organised and ready to hire, motivate and manage a capable and supported team.

The maximum penalties for employers found to be breaching record-keeping laws has recently doubled, so it’s important to stay on top of your obligations!

In this Part 2 of 4, we will cover the following topics:

  • Payslips
  • Record keeping requirements
  • Superannuation
  • Compliance with Awards

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SME HR Essentials | Part 1- People & Policies

Growing your team can be daunting.  What do I really need to know? Where do I start?

Seed People Consulting is proud to present a Four-Part series of SME HR Basics to help you set up your business with the core HR requirements (as well as a couple of bonus points!) to ensure you’re compliant, organised and ready to hire, motivate and manage a capable and supported team.

In this Part 1 of 4, we will cover the following topics:

  • What type of employee or contractor do I need?
  • What are the HR frameworks and policies that are necessary right from the outset?
  • What organisations and support networks are available to answer my questions?

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Client Spotlight- The Marketing GP

How this marketing consultancy found the solution to their HR needs

When you’re running a rapidly growing SME business, there are a lot of plates to keep spinning in the air, including the HR ‘plate’. The Seed HR Hub was the perfect solution for one of our customers, who not only wanted to ensure they met their human resources legislative requirements, but were also looking after their people.

The Marketing GP is a boutique marketing agency based in Newcastle, NSW.  Established in 2012, in 2017 the company underwent a major re-brand and has rapidly expanded the team to have seven dedicated marketers. For Marketing Operations Manager, Kylie Screen, this meant adapting quickly to the changing HR needs of the company. However, given how rapidly the business grew, setting up a whole HR system, including the paperwork to meet regulations, was an overwhelming task to approach.

This is where the Seed HR Hub proved to be the best fit. Below we discuss the value that the Seed People Consulting HR Hub has added to The Marketing GP.

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Respectful behaviour – how does your workplace stack up?

 

A recent decision in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has had us thinking about the concept of the ‘Respectful Workplace’.

Given our laid-back approach to language and communication in Australia, the definition of ‘respectful’ in your workplace might feel a little flexible, but it is important to understand the requirements of employers in providing our employees and workers with a safe and comfortable place to work.

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R U OK?

 

Today, the R U OK? movement will mark the 9thAnnual R U OK? Day. This incredible company has established itself across Australia and beyond as a beacon of hope for many individuals and families suffering from loss and grief and has brought the topics of mental health and suicide into the public conscience. These are incredibly complex subjects, with the R U OK movement helping us to simplify our responsibility to one another – to ask, to start a conversation, to encourage people to act in times of difficulty.

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Client Spotlight – Compassion Australia

When you meet Shelley Johnson, HR Manager at Compassion Australia, you are immediately caught by her energy and passion, not just for the ‘people’ work that is the focus of her role, but also for the purpose and cause of Compassion Australia.  We’ve had the privilege of working with Shelley and the Compassion Australia team, based in Warabrook in the Hunter, for a number of years.

We sat down with Shelley recently, to chat about those projects, and the value Seed People Consulting has been able to add to the work which Compassion Australia does across the world.

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