Underpaying your employees may cost you more than you think

Underpaying your employees, knowingly or not, could cost your business more than you think. In addition to back paying your employees, you may be ordered to pay a penalty. A small coach company (Ava Travel) was recently penalised a total of $163,300 for unintentionally underpaying two of its employees despite a judge finding the breaches [...]

2019-01-08T22:39:00+00:00January 8th, 2019|Business Advice, Compliance, Contracts, employees, Employment Law|Comments Off on Underpaying your employees may cost you more than you think

Do Your Casual Employees Have the Right to Convert to Permanent Employment?

Currently there are a number of modern awards which include a casual conversion clause which broadly provides employees with the right to convert to permanent employment if employed on a regular and systematic basis, for a period of 6 or 12 months (depending on the award). The Fair Work Commission has recently finalised a model [...]

2018-09-05T23:30:35+00:00September 5th, 2018|Business Advice, Compliance, Contracts, employees, Employment Law|Comments Off on Do Your Casual Employees Have the Right to Convert to Permanent Employment?

The OHS dangers of flexible working arrangements and how to avoid them

When does an Accounting Firm owe a duty with respect to occupational health and safety to employees who work from home? What are those duties? What can or should an accounting firm do to fulfil any obligation owed to employees who work from home? Do the employer’s obligations differ, and if so how, when the [...]

Will your ‘zero-tolerance policy’ withstand the scrutiny of the Fair Work Commission?

A behaviour that is perfectly acceptable in one workplace may be cause for summary dismissal in another. Take the use of a mobile phone - it’s expected of an office worker, but it is typically forbidden in the context of a food production line. The rulebook was crystal clear in the case of the Fresh [...]