Christmas party

Avoiding Christmas party & silly season nightmares!

T’was the season to be silly….falalalalalalaThe silly season is upon us and Christmas Parties and events are commencing.Did you know that litigation increases in the December to January period? In particular, sexual and racial harassment claims skyrocket.I’ve personally been involved in well over 300 conduct dismissals.  I estimate approximately 15-20% have been associated with client or workplace Christmas parties misconduct.Christmas parties/lunches are seen as an extension of the workplace and falls within the boundaries of in the ‘course of employment’. That means health and safety, bullying and discrimination laws are enforceable.The law hold employees accountable for their behaviour in official […]

recruitment process

Creating a robust recruitment process to attract great talent

Creating a robust recruitment processAttracting Great TalentAs a Business owner, CEO or Manager, one of the most important assets to your business are your employees.  Recruiting great employees ensures your business will have strong profitability, productivity, efficiency and great customer service.  Getting your recruitment process right is absolutely critical to your success from the beginning. Remember, ALL Performance Management starts at recruitment.  Get it wrong here and you may suffer significant consequences.Here are our top 7 tips to ensure you recruit great talent for your business:1. Ensure the right fit!All good recruitment starts with outlining how you want your businesses represented […]


Is your business growing?

How does your business measure up for growth? Are you an employer of more than 5 staff seeking business growth? Have you wondered how your business measures up?Larger businesses have the advantage of employing HR and Organisational Development (OD) experts to enable high growth, help them become talent magnets that are engaged and great performers, as well as great brand ambassadors.As HR/OD consultants working with businesses of all levels, we are often engaged to help businesses grow, scale or change.The first thing we do when we are engaged is assess the quality and impact of the HR strategy, culture, organisational […]

vulnerable workers

News Flash: New law passed – Vulnerable Workers Protection Bill

NEW LAW PASSED SENATE Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 passedThe Turnbull Government’s legislation protecting vulnerable workers amendment bill has now passed the Senate.  It will now head for Royal Assent (approximately two weeks) and become effective immediately.  Although some clauses give a six week implementation period.This legislation targets the Franchise industry in particular where there have been quite a number of Fair Work Cases where employers have been acting unscrupulously.The Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash said “the strengthened penalties contained in this Bill will act as a significant deterrent to unlawful […]

unfair dismissal

When dismissal goes wrong – sacked over the phone

When dismissal goes wrong Many businesses fall foul of Australia’s Unfair Dismissal Laws.  More small-medium enterprise businesses than larger.  It is critical for business to engage a HR expert early in the process and follow the guidance of HR to ensure this type of situation does not occur.  Some simple steps here, would have avoided this whole mess. In a recent case, a cleaning contractor Joss Facility Management was found to have unfairly dismissed Veronica Bennett, a 56-year-old female employee. In August 2016, Veronica commenced unpaid sick leave for an operation. During her recovery period she provided ongoing medical certificates […]


Ex-Employee to pay legal costs for breaching confidentiality

The costs of Breaching Confidentiality In an interesting case, a former employee of Channel Seven, Executive Assistant Amber Harrison has been ordered to pay Seven West Media’s legal costs after the company took her to court for breaching a confidentiality agreement. This is a reminder to employers to ensure that you are clear on your obligations and expectations of employees, including your CEO!  This means ensuring strong employment contracts, great HR policies and processes and excellent employee communication. The case arose after a two year affair ended between Harrison had with CEO Tim Worner.  Harrison went on to make a […]


BREAKING NEWS – Changes coming to Employer Superannuation Contribution Payments!

BREAKING NEWS – CHANGES TO EMPLOYER OBLIGATIONS FOR SUPERANNUATION PAYMENTS AFOOT! The Federal Government has announced it will seek to legislate a key recommendation of the Superannuation Guarantee Cross Agency Working Group. The legislation is set to close a loophole where “unscrupulous” employers to short change employees choosing to make salary sacrifice superannuation contributions into their super accounts. Currently, employers can legally withhold their workers’ salary sacrifice superannuation contributions for up to four months, before transferring the money into their employee’s superannuation account. Allegedly, some employers have reportedly been using the above loophole to reduce their compulsory 9.5% superannuation guarantee […]


Are you up with the 1 July changes in Wage Entitlements?

As you may have noticed in the news in the last few months a few changes have occurred in the Wages Legislation.  Here is an overview of those things taking effect on 1 July 2017. Minimum Wage Update If your business employs staff covered by a modern award and are paying at or near the minimum wage you will need to ensure you have reviewed their wages in line with the changes in minimum wages. From 1 July 2017, the minimum wage in all modern awards will increase by 3.3%. Therefore, Employers need to increase wages to the Minimum pay […]


The growing ‘gig’ economy & Interim work

Over the last few years, the so called ‘gig’ economy has grown.  This is also true of Executive roles.  In this blog, we discuss the results of Watermark’s Interim Survey 2017. The survey reflects the view that the workforce will become more flexible, less about ‘jobs’ for highly skilled knowledge workers and leaders and more about Portfolio Careers. Of 500 respondents, nearly 30% have made a conscious choice for this mode of working. The survey respondents are predominately men, which may reflect the nature of the roles of respondents.  A very high percentage of  respondents were GM& C-Suite within General […]

employee engagement

What employees want.. has it changed much?

Engagement of employees is still an issue it seems in Australia.  Recent Australian research by Reward Gateway (HRD) confirms what has long been known by evidence-based HR for quite some time about what employees want.  Forget fancy, generic rewards, what we really want hasn’t changed much. Unfortunately, for many businesses they are struggling just to get the basics right. The results: 79% of respondents prefer a continual thank you for a job well done than annual reviews or recognition events 70% of respondents said that they rather work for a business with a culture where they receive recognition than higher pay […]