Want the ideal HR department? Try this recipe

Posted by: The ADP Team on 17 August 2017 in Human Resources

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So, you want to make the ideal Human Resources (HR) department? Here's a recipe worth trying. It's a little tricky and some of the ingredients have to be specially ordered. But try this recipe and if required, make a few tiny adjustments to suit your organisation's taste as you create the HR department of your dreams.Step OneIngredients:2 cups strategy1 cup administrative skills1/2 cup recruiters, firmly packed1 tablespoon onboarding3 HR trainers, chilledDirections:Blend the first three ingredients until smooth. It could take a while, as the recruiters may not want to blend with the administrative skills, but it's necessary if you want candidates to have a smooth experience. The onboarding is added last, but if you skip it, your HR department won't rise properly.Carefully stir in three HR trainers. It's critical that you don't do this too quickly, or the flavor of the trainers…

Employee Fraud: Why Enhancing the Perception of Detection Matters

Posted by: The ADP Team on 16 August 2017 in Compliance, Finance

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First, the good news. The vast majority of your employees have no intention of stealing from your organisation. The bad news? As you read this, there is likely a good chance that one of your employees is committing fraud, or at least considering doing so.Employee fraud, also known as occupational fraud, happens with alarming regularity. According to a report from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), organisations lose 5 percent of their annual revenue to fraud. In Asia Pacific ACFE estimates that the median loss associated with occupational fraud is $245,000. Worse still ACFE reports that it takes businesses about 18 months to uncover such activity. So, if an employee within your company started stealing today, it will take months, possibly years before their conduct comes to light. In a recent case in Singapore a rogue payroll manager stole $1.03 million from her employer…

Imported rules: Key legislative changes for Australia’s foreign workers

Posted by: The ADP Team on 10 August 2017 in Compliance, Legislation, Payroll, Tax

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Employing foreign workers can be an option for Australian employers who need to fill vacancies at their business. There are a number of working visas that are in place that have been created to support the use of overseas workers in various scenarios. Some visas have to be employer sponsored and others can be applied for directly by the foreign employee.Of late however, politicians have been focusing on how to further boost jobs for Australians. Where there are skills shortages, there’s increased rigour around who can perform those roles and on what basis. This has created significant legislative changes around some foreign worker visas and rules in the last twelve months. Here’s a look at the three key changes that could impact you and your foreign employees.Temporary Work (Skilled) visa – subclass 457The most common employer sponsored visa that I’ve…

Superbad? Government targets Superannuation Guarantee non-compliance

Posted by: The ADP Team on 3 August 2017 in Compliance, Legislation, Single Touch Payroll, Superannuation

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Employer obligations and taxation legislation were a significant focus for the 2016-17 financial year – and we're set to see a continuation of the theme across this year. As changes to Working Holiday Makers taxation rate, 457 visas and minimum wage come into effect, we're also seeing more attention on reforms such as, accessorial liability and most significantly...  superannuation guarantee (SG) non-compliance.Billions in unpaid SG contributions raises a red flagFor those of you who may not follow the activities of Parliament and Senate Committees quite as avidly as I do, here’s a quick catch-up. A recent review by Industry Super Australia found that employers failed to pay an aggregate amount of $5.6 billion in SG contributions in the 2013-14 financial year. This prompted a Senate Economics Committee review into SG non-compliance. The Committee heard from many witnesses across Government, superannuation funds and other industry stakeholders via…

Single Touch Payroll update: ATO’s limited trial & moving towards 1 July 2018 commencement

Posted by: The ADP Team on 26 July 2017 in Compliance, Legislation, Payroll, Single Touch Payroll

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In the original plan for Single Touch Payroll (STP) transition, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) talked about 1 July 2017 through to 30 June 2018 being a voluntary opt-in year. This provided the opportunity for solution providers and employers to enter the system early and trial STP before the mandated 1 July 2018 commencement date for ‘substantial employers’ (those with 20 or more employees).Important changes to support and streamline transition to STPAs consultation with key industry stakeholders and the design of STP has evolved, changes were made to key technical and policy documentation, requiring further engagement and testing. A very controlled, limited release of STP began on 1 July 2017 and will operate with limited functionality until October 2017. This involved a small number of solution providers and some of their clients.Additional functionality will be available after October 2017 and gradually…