May 22, 2017

457 Visa – The Final Chapter

The announcement on the introduction of the Skilling Australians Fund Levy in the 2017-18 Federal budget in conjunction with the reforms to the 457 visa for […]
March 20, 2017

Fair Work Commission Announces Weekend Penalty Rates Decision

UPDATE 20/3/2017: As part of its ruling on penalty rate reductions last month, the Fair Work Commission flagged changes to late night and early morning penalties […]
February 1, 2017

Bakers Delight on Retail and Fast Food Workers Union’s Hitlist

Bakers Delight franchisees are in the firing line of the new-kid-on-the-block looking to make its mark on the Australian industrial landscape, The Retail and Fast Food […]
January 30, 2017

Fair Work Ombudsman Now Penalising Payroll Officers

A company’s payroll manager has been fined $7,000 in a recent prosecution brought against the company by the Fair Work Ombudsman regarding discovered underpayments of wages. […]
December 11, 2016

Ask Peter: Notice Periods Under The NES

Our question this week comes from our webinar on The National Employment Standards: Question Does an employee who has worked for more than 5 years have […]
December 5, 2016

Employment Matters – Episode 1

In this inaugural episode of Employment Matters, our hosts Shane Duffy and Amanda Daff set the tone for the show discussing the biggest headaches faced by […]
November 21, 2016

Re-Visiting the National Employment Standards

It’s been six years since the National Employment Standards (NES) were introduced to Australian workplaces by the Federal Labor Government.  The emergence of the NES was […]
November 10, 2016

What are the obligations of employers who conduct 457 Visa Sponsorships?

457 Visa Sponsorship Obligations Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James recently issued a warning to businesses who employ workers on a 457 visa, saying minimum wage rates […]
November 3, 2016

Fair Work investigation leads to fines of $146,000 for Yogurberry, including master franchisor

Fines of nearly $146K issued to the Yogurberry franchise network this week should sound alarm bells for all franchise participants – including franchisors. The fines related […]
October 31, 2016

Are Millennials Worth the Risk?

Mention the word ‘millennial’ and the first thing that comes to mind for a lot of employers is ‘risky’. Today’s university graduates are looking to fast-track […]
October 27, 2016

Positive Discrimination Does Not Work

I recently spoke at the AIM Great Debate: Does Positive Discrimination Work? As you can tell by the title of this blog, I was on the negative team. […]
October 27, 2016

Important Changes to Modern Award Conditions for Annual Leave by Fair Work Australia

If you haven’t heard already, there’s some big changes around the corner for workers covered by modern awards, which are scheduled to kick in at the […]
October 24, 2016

Fines for non-compliance with Fair Work obligations likely to increase tenfold

Employers will have to be more vigilant than ever as the Turnbull Government has announced that it will give the Fair Work Ombudsman new and greater […]
October 7, 2016

Penalty Rates – Are We Asking The Right Question?

The latest report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that Australia’s unemployment rate has remained steady at 5.7%. This result has been generally accepted […]
October 7, 2016

Employers May Need To Give Longer Notice Periods When Terminating Employees Than They Think….

Employers may need to give longer notice periods when terminating employees than they think…. When it comes to dismissing workers, most employers are familiar with the […]
October 7, 2016

Service as a Casual Employee Does Not Count Towards Redundancy Pay… Until Now

It is becoming more common for employees to commence work for an employer as a casual, and then at a later point in time convert to […]
October 7, 2016

HR for Small Business, Is It Really Needed?

A recent study focused on identifying the current issues and trends facing Australian SMEs has found that 38% of small businesses pick Marketing & Advertising as […]
October 7, 2016

How Mamak could have avoided getting fined by Fair Work Australia

You’ve probably seen this all over the news by now: Mamak fined almost $300,000 for short-changing workers (Sydney Morning Herald)   Mamak is a popular Malaysian […]
October 4, 2016

How Small Businesses Can Wow Their Employees Like Big Businesses

As a small business, it’s hard enough to compete with the big end of town when it comes to attracting top talent. And when do you win […]
June 1, 2016

Announcement: Wage Updates for FY 2016/17

The Fair Work Commission announced its minimum wage ruling this afternoon for the 2016/17 financial year.
May 10, 2016

The Pay Summary You May Not Know About

Our employment experts have put together a EOFY checklist to assist you with this time of year for all things payroll, legal, outsourced employment, migration, HR, consulting, insurance and technology.
April 28, 2016


Our employment experts have put together a EOFY checklist to assist you with this time of year for all things payroll, legal, outsourced employment, migration, HR, consulting, insurance and technology.
April 28, 2016

Federal Minimum Wage Update 2016

The Fair Work Commission's Federal Minimum Wage decision will be delivered in June 2016. This decision will increase all award pay rates from July 2016 onwards.
November 18, 2015

The ROI of a Healthy Workplace

Stress doesn't only make us feel awful emotionally, it can also exacerbate just about any health condition you can think of. Find out more about the ROI of a healthy workplace here.
October 28, 2015

Farewell Data Cleansing…What I Wished For In My Early HR Career

Payroll forms. That’s what comes to mind when I think about my early HR career. Working in a global business with intense recruitment needs, I spent Christmas and New Year’s periods in a mad rush to get payroll forms complete under crazy deadlines.
October 27, 2015

How to Supercharge Innovation Into a Company’s DNA

Technology has changed business as we once knew it… And it’s not stopping either. The changes are quickly advancing. In order to thrive and succeed in today’s fast paced environment, your business not only needs to able to adapt, it needs to remain one step ahead.
September 30, 2015

Are Brand and Culture Interchangeable?

To create a successful culture and brand, your employees should be living and breathing your company values. So, how do you build a strong ‘brand’ culture?
September 14, 2015

How Culture Plays a Role in Engaging Millennials

Are you working alongside millennials? Wondered what attracts them to work for a company? Find out more.
September 14, 2015

How to Prevent Payroll Fraud

Unfortunately, payroll fraud is a reality for many businesses across Australia. It’s important to create robust systems and processes to ensure that your business doesn’t get stung.
August 26, 2015

What are the Implications of the Ashley Madison Leaked Data Scandal in The Workplace?

What are the Implications of the Ashley Madison Leaked Data Scandal in The Workplace?
July 30, 2015

The Evolving Performance Review

Performance reviews offer management the perfect opportunity to unlock and discover an employee’s full potential. Here's how to make the most of yours!
July 29, 2015

A Guide to Social Media in the Workplace

Social media is changing, advancing and evolving, so it’s difficult for employers to know where they stand legally. Watch this short video and learn how to keep your business protected.
July 15, 2015

Job Applicants Have More Privacy Rights

Who has more privacy rights - job applicants or employees? Find out about your rights when it comes to personal information in the workplace and what protection you have.
July 15, 2015

Australia Knuckles Down On Employers Who Underpay Staff

Recent cases have highlighted employee underpayments. Learn how approach with caution and key considerations.