National Employment Standard (NES): Commonly Asked Questions (Part 2)

Posted by: on 8 May 2015 in Compliance, Human Capital Management

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May 8 - by David Bates Our most recent ADP/Workforce Guardian webinar focussing on the last 5 of the ten National Employment Standards (NES) once again proved very popular. In response to the follow-up enquiries we’ve received, we’re pleased to present answers to your most frequently asked questions: Do Casuals Accrue Long Service Leave? Yes. Currently, long service leave entitlements generally remain governed by state and territory-based laws. These laws do allow for the accrual of long service leave by casuals. While each state and territory’s laws are slightly different, the general rule of thumb is that once a casual has completed 10 years’ continuous service with an employer, they’ll become entitled to take long service leave. What's Emergency Management Activity Leave? This is one of the two types of leave available to employees under the broader heading of ‘Community Service Leave’ (the…

National Employment Standard (NES): Commonly Asked Questions (Part 1)

Posted by: on 28 April 2015 in Compliance, Human Capital Management

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April 28 - by David Bates Last month’s ADP/Workforce Guardian webinar focusing on the first 5 of the ten National Employment Standards (NES) proved extremely popular. We regard this as further evidence of the difficulties many employers face when trying to understand – and comply with – Australia’s extremely complex employment laws.After the webinar we received a large number of follow-up questions about the NES. So this week we’ve provided answers to the most common questions: Can I impose a standard 40 hour working week?You can, but this will create a number of risks, especially if your employees are covered by a Modern Award.The NES imposes a maximum ordinary working week of 38 hours plus ‘reasonable additional hours’. The NES also contains a list of factors that you can take into account when deciding whether a request for an employee to…

Is your Company's Data Secure?

Posted by: on 21 April 2015 in Innovation & Technology

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With data security, risk and privacy key to business contingency, it’s imperative you find the tools, technologies and safeguards to secure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your company’s information.Without securing this valuable data, the very essence of your business is at risk. For example, what if confidential customer information and credit card details were accessed? What if your private business and financial forecasting information were made public? Or what if crucial product information, designs and plans were suddenly made available for everyone, including your competitors, to see?Security management safeguards and systems are available through a range of third party suppliers; the provision is a must to help protect your company’s personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or alteration. From login credentials and bank or credit card information, to employee contact details and sensitive information, you want to do…

Payslips: Fair Work are auditing & compliance is critical!

Posted by: on 10 April 2015 in Compliance, Payroll

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Incomplete and incorrect payslips are still one of the most common problems identified by Fair Work Inspectors during workplace audits.It’s absolutely vital your payslips meet the current legal requirements because Fair Work Inspectors have the power to issue you with on-the-spot infringement notices for failing to meet your record keeping and payslip obligations under the Fair Work Act 2009.An infringement notice can be issued within 12 months from the day the contravention(s) is alleged to have occurred. Generally, you’ll have just 28 days to pay the penalty shown on the infringement notice. The maximum infringement notice penalties are:For an individual: $510 per breachFor your business: $2,550 per breach.If your failure to meet the legal obligations appears serious, willful or repetitive, Fair Work Inspectors can recommend you be taken to court.To help you avoid costly penalties and damaging court action, make sure…

Will you be SuperStream ready by 1 July?

Posted by: on 20 March 2015 in Compliance

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March 20 - Sian Hawke SuperStream legislation has caused a buzz in the superannuation industry, the ATO and employing businesses. While SuperStream has taken up a lot of time for many over the past 12-18 months, there are those who are still unaware and unsure of how SuperStream will impact the superannuation process and the industry. Businesses need to get on top of SuperStream requirements as there are only about 90 days left to be compliant.As an employer, how many times have you sat down to make superannuation payments and lately thought to yourself: “What is SuperStream and what does it involve? Where do I begin? It all sounds confusing.”In this blog I will share with you why SuperStream is important, how it will help you and what steps you need to take to make sure your business is ready. I’ve…