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More Fair Work Inspectors Are Coming

The Fair Work Ombudsman continues to grow its national team of Fair Work Inspectors with over 20 new jobs currently advertised across Australia.

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$540,000 in penalties for CFMEU

The Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU) has been hit with over $540,000 in penalties for Fair Work breaches in Adelaide after losing an ­appeal against two adverse Federal Court judgments.

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Mamak Malaysian restaurants back in court

The operators of an inner Sydney restaurant who were penalised almost $300,000 last year for exploiting overseas workers are again facing legal action, accused of further underpayments.

 

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Micromanagers Bullying A Valid Reason For Dismissal

The Fair Work Commission recently ruled that a manager's micromanaging behaviour of employees amounted to bullying, and that such behaviour was a valid reason for terminating the manager's employment.

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Fair Work Inspectors target 200 Ipswich Businesses

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will target 200 Ipswich businesses in Queensland as part of a new campaign.

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Fair Work Inspectors target clothing manufacturers

The Fair Work Ombudsman is targeting hundreds of clothing manufacturing businesses nationally as part of a new campaign.

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Zumbo the latest chef caught underpaying staff

Adriano Zumbo is the latest celebrity chef to be caught out underpaying staff. Staff claim they were given fake superannuation numbers, were paid at incorrect rates, and that overtime pay was missing. They claimed they were owed thousands of dollars.

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Fair Work Inspectors target Fortitude Valley

The Fair Work Ombudsman is targeting restaurants, bars and cafes in Fortitude Valley as part of unannounced audits of a popular casual dining precinct in Brisbane.

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Coffee Club Franchisee Faces Court

A Coffee Club café franchisee in Brisbane is facing Court for allegedly requiring an overseas worker to repay $18,000 of his wages by threatening to cancel his 457 skilled worker visa if he refused. 

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40 percent of United Petroleum Stores Underpaying Workers

The Fair Work Ombudsman has blasted petrol giant United Petroleum for wide-spread underpayment of workers across its franchise network.

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FWO Calls For 10x Increase in Penalties

The Fair Work Ombudsman has called on the Turnbull Government to increase penalties for breaching the Fair Work Act 2009 by 10x, to $540,000 per breach.

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Court Finds Accounting Firm Liable

In a precedent setting legal decision, an accounting business has been found liable as an accessory for its role in the underpayment of employees by its client.

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Caltex terminates 19 franchise agreements for non-compliance

Caltex has terminated agreements with 19 franchisees covering 43 sites for underpayment of employee entitlements and other significant workplace non-compliance issues.

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Employer found guilty of underpaying worker for over 20 years

A court has found an employer underpaid a worker by more than $230,000 because it "recklessly disguised the true legal nature" of a 20-year-plus employment relationship by classifying him as an independent contractor.

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Fair Work Inspectors target Wide Bay region

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will target over 200 business in the Wide Bay region. Fair Work Inspectors will audit businesses across a variety of industries in Bundaberg, Gympie, Maryborough, Hervey Bay and surrounding areas.

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B2B Expo Melbourne and Sydney

Workforce Guardian will be presenting at the B2B Expo in Melbourne and Sydney. Come and hear us talk about: Common HR Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.

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Masterchef judge underpays employees

MasterChef judge and celebrity chef George Calombaris has been found guilty of underpaying 162 of his restaurants' employees a total of up to $2.6m. After an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found payroll errors dating back 6 years.

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Fair Work Inspectors target East Coast Retailers

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will audit East Coast retailers including hair and beauty salons as part of a new campaign.

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Fair Work Inspectors target Wollongong

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will audit employers in New South Wales as part of a new campaign. With a focus on the Murrumbidgee and Griffith regions.

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Sky News Interview - 28 March 2017

David Bates joins Switzer TV to discuss the issues affecting small businesses in Australia (broadcast on Tuesday 17 January, 2017).

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$220,000 penalty for Packing company

A Melbourne packing services business and one its directors have been penalised more than $220,000 for underpaying three staff.

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Fair Work Fiasco Defies Belief

The Fair Work Ombudsman is, quite simply, unfit for purpose. The evidence for this conclusion can be found in three simple facts.

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Major Upgrade - New and Improved Content

The Team at Workforce Guardian are very excited to officially release the latest major upgrade to our cloud HR systems.  In this upgrade we have released twenty-four updated HR processes and eight (8) new HR processes to help our subscribers. All at no additional cost.

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Ban on foreign workers in fast food industry

The Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has announced a ban on major fast food outlets importing staffing. In an unprecedented crackdown by the federal government. It is the first time an entire sector has been banned from sponsoring overseas workers.

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Changes to Penalty Rates: What You Need to Know

Australia's national workplace relations tribunal, the Fair Work Commission (FWC), has handed down an important decision regarding Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for employees covered by a number of Modern Awards, including the General Retail Industry Award 2010.

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Major Upgrade: Important Information FEB 2017

The team here at Workforce Guardian is very pleased to announce the next major upgrade of our services will commence on Saturday 25 February 2017. The rollout of all our new and upgraded features will take approximately two weeks. Here's a handy summary of what you need to know.

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Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter February 2017

Keep informed and up to date about important HR and employment relations issues affecting small to medium businesses in Australia. Read the latest Workforce Guardian Newsletter - available now!

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Tenfold increase in Fair Work Act penalties considered by Government

Legislation will to be introduced to Parliament next week to increase maximum penalties for breaches of the Fair Work Act to more than half a million dollars.

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$120,000 in penalties for Melbourne retail outlet

The operators of a retail outlet in Melbourne have been penalised more than $120,000 for underpaying three shop assistants.

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Retailer ordered to backpay over $30,000

A Western Sydney homewares retailer has been ordered to backpay a worker over $30,000 after it was caught paying an employee just $12 an hour.

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Record penalties of $532,000 in FWO cashback case

Record penalties of $532,000 have been ordered in a case involving the exploitation of five workers at a café in regional NSW.

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Two takeaways from the Pizza Hut pay saga

Ordered a pizza lately? If you have, there's a good chance the driver who cheerily delivered it to your door was being underpaid by their employer.

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Why I'm with VP Watson

When I appeared on the Switzer program last week and once again raised serious concerns about the operation of Australia's national employment relations tribunal, the Fair Work Commission, I could not have imagined I'd be proven so right so soon.

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$143,000 in penalties for $18,000 underpayment

A company, its director and payroll manager have been penalised $143,000 for underpaying workers $18,000.

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Three-quarters of Pizza Hut outlets found to be non-compliant

Less than a week after one of the Fair Work Commission's (FWC) most senior members issued a scathing letter of resignation, saying the FWC is viewed by the business community as "partisan, dysfunctional and divided", the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has released an Activity Report confirming widespread non-compliance within Pizza Hut outlets. With three quarters of audited outlets failing to comply with workplace laws

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Sky News Interview - 17 January 2017

David Bates joins Switzer TV to discuss the issues affecting small businesses in Australia (broadcast on Tuesday 17 January, 2017).

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Resignation of Vice President Proves the Fair Work Commission is Failing

In a scathing letter of resignation made public today, one of the Commission's most senior members - Vice President Watson - has proved beyond any lingering doubt that each and every one of the criticisms Workforce Guardian have levelled at the Commission in recent years has been justified.

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Big penalty for Adelaide windscreens company and its director

An Adelaide car windscreens company and its director have been penalised almost $85,000 after exploiting seven employees, including one who was paid a flat hourly rate of just $12.50 for a period of 10 years. 

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Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter January 2017 now available!

Keep informed and up to date about important HR and employment relations issues affecting small to medium businesses in Australia. Read the latest Workforce Guardian Newsletter - available now!

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Competitor Contract Review

Workforce Guardian was recently asked to review employment contracts provided to one of our clients by a competitor. Our employment law experts were alarmed at the number of serious compliance issues we identified, and the substantial risks these created for the employer.

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5 things on the small business wish list for 2017

Despite all the big promises made to small businesses by this government - and despite all the pro-small business rhetoric we hear in Question Time and in government press releases - now's a terrible time to be a small business owner here in Australia. So, for what it's worth, here's a list of the things I'd like to see the Government do for small business in 2017.

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Medical Certificates: What You Need to Know

The Fair Work Act 2009 makes it clear that employers are required to provide their employees with a minimum number of personal/carer's leave days each year. This article helps employers understand their rights.

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Canberra carpenter and his company hit with 38k in penalties

A Canberra carpenter and his company have been penalised more than $38,000 after ignoring a Fair Work Commission order to pay compensation to an unfairly dismissed worker.

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Fair Work Inspectors target Ballarat in regional Victoria

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will audit employers in Ballarat in regional Victoria as part of a new campaign.

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Volunteers and Your Record-Keeping Obligations

Many not-for-profit (NFP) organisations rely on volunteers to provide a wide range of services to the people and communities they serve. However, many NFPs fail to comply with the very important - and often legally-enforceable - requirements to maintain proper records about their volunteers. In this article, we take a closer look at what you should do now to protect your NFP.

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Merry Christmas and Holiday Operating Hours 2016

Workforce Guardian will be open during the Christmas break, and our normal trading hours will apply with the following exceptions...

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Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter December 2016 now available!

The latest Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter is now available!

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Chemist Warehouse forced to back-pay workers over $3.5 million

The Chemist Warehouse franchise group has been forced to back-pay almost 6000 workers more than $3.5 million. Following an extensive Fair Work Ombudsman audit.

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How the FWO Let You Down Again

As a result of the Fair Work Ombudsman's (FWO) public silence for over 9 months, hundreds - perhaps thousands - of employers have been misled into signing multi-year contracts with a company falsely implying their service was either endorsed by - or somehow linked to - the FWO. 

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IPA NSW ACT Conference 2016 Supporters

Workforce Guardian was proud to support the Institute of Public Accountants - NSW & ACT Conference 2016. Held at the stunning Pullman Hotel Hyde Park, Sydney on 1 and 2 December 2016.

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Staying open over the holidays

For some businesses, the Christmas/New Year period is one of the busiest times of the year. Here is some useful information to help you manage your employees if you're staying open through the holidays.

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Shutting down over Christmas and New Year

With Christmas just around the corner, many businesses are starting to plan for the holiday period. Planning to shut down over the break? Here's some information you'll find handy.

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Fair Work Inspectors hit Sydney

Fair Work Inspectors conducted surprise audits of restaurants, bars and cafes in Glebe Point Road, Sydney, last week to check businesses are complying with workplace laws.

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Switzer Blog 23 Nov 2016

David Bates from Workforce Guardian talks about a recent decision by the Fair Work Commission to overturn a dodgy Enterprise Agreement made between the SDA (one of the largest and most self-indulgent unions in the country) and Coles. Because it quite clearly failed the 'Better Off Overall Test' ('BOOT') imposed by the Fair Work Act.

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Big Fine for Unsafe Workplace

A company has been fined $85,000 for failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a labour hire worker who died in September 2013.

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Trump and the not-so-silent majority

I've been confidently predicting a Trump presidency for the past six months or so, and I've endured scoffing and ridicule for roughly the same amount of time!

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Record penalty against businessman who refused to clean up his act

A rogue Brisbane businessman has been penalised a record $126,540 and ordered to back-pay migrant workers almost $60,000 in a result that sends a warning that individuals can be held personally liable for exploitation of workers.

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124000 in penalties for underpayment of charity collector in Sydney

Penalties totalling $124,000 against a fundraising company and its director for underpaying a backpacker working as charity-collector in Sydney less than $8000 send a message about the seriousness of sham contracting, according to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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1.9 million back-paid for Cleaners at Oaks Hotels & Resorts

A major Australian hotel chain has back-paid 1500 of its cleaners a total of $1.9 million after underpaying them as a result of misclassifying them as independent contractors.

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Paying your employees annual salaries? Read this.

More often than not, employers tell me they ignore the applicable Modern Award because they 'pay employees a salary which includes all the Award entitlements'. When I then try to explain just how risky this approach is under Australia's unique Fair Work system, many employers assume we're exaggerating the danger.

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Sushi chain caught falsifying pay records

A sushi restaurant chain has narrowly avoided legal action for producing false pay records by agreeing to overhaul practices across its outlets and donate $10,000 to a community organisation.

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Yogurberry chain hit with big penalties and an order for a national audit

The master franchisor of the Yogurberry frozen yoghurt chain in Australia has been hit with $146,000 in penalties and an order for a national audit of the Yogurberry chain. The first time the Fair Work Ombudsman has secured penalties against a master franchisor for being an accessory to the exploitative practices of one its associated companies.

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Sydney man and his company penalised by the Fair Work Ombudsman

Sydney man Michael Girowal has been penalised $1890 and his company Green Clean (Aust) Pty Ltd has been penalised a further $9450 in the Federal Circuit Court, following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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Restaurant operator penalised for underpayments

A former Brisbane restaurant operator has been penalised more than $5,000 for underpaying a casual cook between October, 2007 and April, 2008.

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Fair Work Inspectors target Victorias Gippsland Region

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will audit employers in Victoria as part of a new campaign. Fair Work Inspectors will target businesses located in the Gippsland region.

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Fair Work Inspectors target NSW Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven region

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will audit employers in NSW as part of a new campaign. Fair Work Inspectors will target businesses located in the Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven region.

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Fishing company penalised almost $50,000

An Australian fishing company and its director have been penalised a total of almost $50,000 for underpaying four crew tens of thousands of dollars.

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HR manager penalised $9920 for accessorial liability

A businessman and his former human resources manager have been penalised under the accessorial liability provisions of the Fair Work Act, for their involvement in exploiting workers.

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Workforce Guardian at ATSA 2016

Come and see Workforce Guardian at ATSA 2016. Workforce Guardian is a proud silver sponsor of the event.

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Labour-hire operator penalised more than $100,000

A labour-hire operator in Sydney who hired young Asian workers because they are "younger, cheaper and faster than locals who are old and slow" has been penalised more than $100,000. The Fair Work Ombudsman said the penalties should help to dispel the myth that overseas workers of any particular nationality can be paid a 'going-rate' that is less than what the law requires.

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Tackling redundancy one step at a time

One of the most common questions we received from employers here at Workforce Guardian is: 'how much redundancy pay do I need to give to my departing employee?'.

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Over 50% of Central Queensland employers not compliant

Spot checks of businesses in Central Queensland, around Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Gladstone, Biloela, Emerald and Blackwater, has found over 50% are not compliant with Australian employment laws.

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Almost $300,000 penalty for restaurant owner-operators and company

The operators of an inner  Sydney restaurant have been penalised almost $300,000 for underpaying their employees and using false records.  Restaurant owner-operators Joon Hoe Lee, Julian Lee and Alan Wing-Keung Au have been penalised $36,992, $35,360 and $35,360 respectively.  Their company Mamak Pty Ltd has been penalised a further $184,960.

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The Fair Work Commission does not get small business

Many tax-payer funded organisations have a 'problem' with one or more of their key stakeholders. The ATO, for example, sometimes clashes with accountants and bookkeepers. The Health Department occasionally clashes with the Australian Medical Association. And the Immigration Department is often in dispute with refugee rights advocates.

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Important Changes to Annual Leave

The Fair Work Commission has recently made a number of very important changes to annual leave  entitlements for Modern Award-covered employees.  Employers should familiarise themselves with these changes because they may require existing  workplace policies and procedures to be updated.

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HR Oversight Costs Over $54,000

A Fair Work Ombudsman investigation has found a business on the NSW Mid-North Coast failed to pay correct annual leave entitlements and calculate accurate leave balances for its shift workers for six years. The Fair Work Ombudsman says the employer should have had systems in place to monitor and correctly calculate its employees' annual leave entitlements.

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$196,000 penalty for Café owner-operators

A mother-and-son business team which deliberately exploited vulnerable overseas workers has been penalised almost $200,000 and ordered to back-pay former staff tens of thousands of dollars.

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Pokemon Go No Laughing Matter for Employers

Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm with over 100 million downloads to date. But Google 'Pokemon' and 'accident' and you'll quickly see that this augmented reality game is no lauging matter for employers.

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516k fine for underpaying workers

Hallmark Computers has been slapped with a $516,000 fine by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for underpaying workers.

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Managers liable for HR breaches

The Fair Work Ombudsman has warned human resources manager they could be held personally liable for breaches of Australia workplace laws by their employer.

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Penalties for trolley collector contractors

Trolley collection contractors who were once part of supply chains for Woolworths, Coles and Foodland have been penalised more than $90,000 after underpaying workers.

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Small business let down again

It has taken the re-elected Coalition Government just eight short days to let down every small business owner in the country. 

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Fair Work Inspectors targeting textile clothing and footwear businesses

The Fair Work Ombudsman will audit 365 textile, clothing and footwear businesses across Australia in the second phase of a national campaign aimed at building compliance with workplace laws across the industry.

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Sky News Interview - 12 July 2016

For a look at what role industrial relations will play in the election campaign, David Bates from Workforce Guardian joins Switzer TV (broadcast on Tuesday 10 May, 2016).

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Real estate agent forced to back-pay employee

A real estate agent in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn has been forced to back-pay a  28-year-old worker $5000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman found he was being underpaid.

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Back-pay for almost 250 restaurant staff

The operator of a dozen restaurants across Melbourne has been required to back-pay almost 250 workers after underpaying their entitlements.

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$93,000 penalty for transport company

An Adelaide transport company has been penalised a total of $93,000 and been ordered to back-pay 10 truck drivers more than $374,000.

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Directors personally fined for breaching fair work laws

Two company directors/shareholders have been personally fined $20,000 each for their involvement in breaches of the Fair Work Act by a  7-Eleven franchise  in Victoria.  The Federal Circuit Court also ordered the company to pay a $150,000 penalty for deliberately underpaying employees and using a "reverse calculation" regime to cover its tracks.

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Wage rate changes tomorrow

Last month, the Fair Work Commission announced a 2.4 per cent increase to the National Minimum Wage, Modern Award wage rates and agreed base rates of pay. The minimum hourly rate for adult workers will rise from $17.29 to $17.70 on 1 July 2016.

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Over 25% of Australian employers not compliant

Spot checks of almost 1400 businesses around Australia has found over 25% are not compliant with Australian employment laws. Including their pay-slip and record-keeping obligations.

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Record penalty against 7-Eleven operator

A record penalty of more than $400,000 has been imposed against the operators of a 7-Eleven store which systematically exploited its workers.

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Record penalties and landmark Order making businessman personally liable for back-payments

A federal judge has imposed record penalties of over $300,000 and a precedent-setting Court Order for a businessman to personally back-pay employees following a case involving the underpayment of workers on the Gold Coast.

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Over 40% of WA employers not compliant

Spot checks of employers in Western Australia's Gascoyne and Mid-West regions have found over 40% are not fully compliant with their obligations under federal workplace laws. Businesses were scrutinised to assess their compliance with minimum wage rates, overtime and weekend penalty rates, allowances, and pay-slip and record-keeping obligations.

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Media Company Penalised 272k

The Federal Circuit Court has imposed a $272,850 penalty against a media company to send it a "serious message" not to disguise employment relationships as unpaid internships.  

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Fair Work Inspectors target NSW

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will audit employers in NSW as part of a new campaign. Fair Work Inspectors will target businesses located in and around Dubbo, Moree, Narrabri, Wellington and Narromine and will run until August.

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Coles Given 10 Days to Fix Fair Work Failures

In a decision published on Tuesday morning, the Fair Work Commission  ruled that the Coles EBA, which covers some 77,000 employees, failed what is known as the better off overall test (BOOT).   For a workplace agreement to be legal, all employees must be made better off when an agreement is compared to the award.

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Get set for a 2.4% wage increase

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.4% increase to minimum wages. The increase will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2016.

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Fair Work Inspectors targeting Brisbane

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will audit employers in Brisbane as part of a new campaign. Fair Work Inspectors will target businesses in the Brisbane CBD, Fortitude Valley, South Brisbane and West End regions.

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Over 25% of Hobart employers not compliant

Spot checks of employers north-west of Hobart have found over 25% are not fully compliant with their obligations under federal workplace laws. Businesses were scrutinised to assess their compliance with minimum wage rates, overtime and weekend penalty rates, allowances, and pay-slip and record-keeping obligations.

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McDonald's underpaying employees up to 30% below award

McDonald's employees are being underpaid tens of millions of dollars per year thanks to an agreement struck between the fast food giant and the food workers' union.  More than two-thirds of the fast food giant's workers are paid less than the basic wages safety net, known as the Fast Food Award.

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Retailer faces court for underpaying workers

A hair product retailer operating two shopping centre kiosks in Melbourne is facing legal action for allegedly underpaying its workers tens of thousands of dollars.  Corioliss Pty Ltd faces penalties of up to $54,000 per contravention.

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Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter May 2016 now available!

The latest Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter is now available!

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Fair Work Inspectors targeting NSW

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will audit employers in New South Wales as part of a new campaign. With a focus on the Murrumbidgee and Griffith regions.

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Fair Work Inspectors targeting South East Queensland

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will audit employers in South East Queensland as part of a new campaign. With a focus on South Queensland, the Darling Downs, Griffith, Murrumbidgee and Broken Hill.

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Sky News Interview - 10 May 2016

For a look at what role industrial relations will play in the election campaign, David Bates from Workforce Guardian joins Switzer TV (broadcast on Tuesday 10 May, 2016).

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Alerts Major Upgrade

The Team at Workforce Guardian are very excited to officially release the latest major upgrade to the Alerts functionality in our cloud HR systems.

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Personnel Files Major Upgrade

The Team at Workforce Guardian are very excited to officially release the latest major upgrade to our cloud HR systems. Delivering more features and value to our subscribers. All at no additional cost. This upgrade delivers major enhancements to our Personnel Files including significant new database features to help users manage employee records.

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Fair Work Inspectors targeting SA

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will audit employers in South Australia as part of a new campaign. The three-month campaign focus on businesses located in the Barossa Valley, Gawler and Two Wells until the end of June.

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$214,200 penalty for 7-Eleven operator

A 7-Eleven operator in Sydney has been penalised a record $214,200 for deliberately short-changing two migrant employees and falsifying records, following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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Perth Event Popular with SMEs

Workforce Guardian Managing Director, David Bates, headed West last week to host an evening  information seminar for SME employers entitled 'Fair Work: What You Need to Know'.

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Smithink Webinar Popular with Accountants

On Tuesday 19 April Workforce Guardian was proud to co-host a webinar with our good friends at  Smithink (www.smithink.com)

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Workforce Guardian talks to Transpharmation

Managing Director of Workforce Guardian, David Bates, talks to Transpharmation about the biggest employer mistakes in handling poor performance and how to avoid them.

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Sky News Interview - 12 April 2016

David Bates of Workforce Guardian talks to Peter about his thoughts on current Fair Work laws. (Broadcast Tuesday 24 November 2015).

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$60,000 penalty for breaching overtime payments

A fruit and vegetable farming operation in Stanthorpe, Queensland, has been penalised a total of $60,000 for creating a scheme aimed at circumventing its workplace obligations.

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223 businesses prosecuted as part of National Hospitality Industry Campaign

223 businesses prosecuted as part of National Hospitality Industry Campaign third wave. With 67% of employers targeted by Fair Work Inspectors found to be not fully-compliant.

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$188,100 penalty for underpaying trolley pushers

A former company director and his operations manager have been penalised a total of $188,100 for their role in underpaying 10  Adelaide trolley collectors more than $220,000.

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Fair Work Inspectors targeting NT

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will audit employers in the Northern Territory as part of a new campaign. With a focus on Alice Springs and the Barkly Region. The two-month campaign will focus on businesses in the accommodation and food services, nursing, farming, retail and construction sectors.

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IPA SA Professional Symposium 2016

Our Managing Director, David Bates, spoke at the recent Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) South Australian Professional Symposium, held at Morphettville Racecourse on Thursday 31 March & Friday 1 April.

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Think HR doesn’t matter? Think again!

Are you one of those employers that still thinks human resources (HR) is all about recruitment, retention, or KPIs?

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Accounting firm faces court for role in underpaying workers

The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a Victorian accounting firm for providing false advice to a client which resulted in the underpayment of workers.  Under Section 550 of the  Fair Work Act 2009, advisors such as accountants and HR professionals may be liable as an accessory if an employer breaches Australian employment laws.

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HR Talk about 10 NES on SMEtv

David Bates from Workforce Guardian talks to Nigel Abbott at SMEtv about the 10 National Employment Standards that must be provided to most employees in Australia.

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Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter March 2016 now available!

The latest Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter is now available!

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Fair Work Inspectors targeting South-West Victoria

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will audit 200 businesses in Victoria's south-west region as part of a new campaign.

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HR Advice Hotline now included with HR Professional and HR Platinum

Our industry-leading HR Advice Hotline is now included as part of our HR Professional and HR Platinum subscriptions!

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Monthly billing is now available for our HR Essential and HR Platinum subscriptions

Monthly billing is now available for our HR Essential and HR Platinum subscriptions.

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Accountants and business advisors in Ombudsmans sights

Unsurprisingly, many accountants, bookkeepers, and other advisors are now genuinely concerned about their exposure. There are, however, two simple things they can do to protect themselves.

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HR Manager Prosecuted for Fair Work Act Breaches

The Federal Circuit Court has ruled that  a recruitment and labour hire company, its director and HR manager knowingly falsified employment records and made unlawful deductions from the wages of cleaners working in Melbourne's Crown Casino and Federation Square.

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Beware of competitors pretending to be the FWO

Employer Alert: HR Firms Imitating the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO): It May Have Happened to You!

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Accounting Firm Prosecuted

It is the first time the Agency has initiated proceedings against an accountant for allegedly knowingly being involved in contraventions of workplace law.

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Sky News Interview - 17 February 2016

David Bates from Workforce Guardian joins Switzer to talk about Australia's crazy modern award system (Broadcast Tuesday 17 February 2016). 

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Workforce Guardian partners with SME TV

Workforce Guardian is extremely proud to partner with SMETV - Australia's dedicated, on-line channel for small and medium-sized enterprises.

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Whats New: Follow-up Forms

Workforce Guardian now includes a 'follow-up question' form and case history. The new form makes it easier to submit follow-up questions - or send us through any additional information - if required.

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2016 Global Business Camp

Workforce Guardian is proud to support the 2016 Global Business Camp.

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Get Efficient Virtual HR Services

Your employees are your biggest strength. They stand behind you and ensure that your business is functioning smoothly and you're earning revenue. They are your most valuable assets, so it's vital to take steps to manage and protect their interests. 

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Workforce Guardian Features Guide

The 'Features Guide' includes a contents page to help you quickly and easily find what you need. As well as links to pages on our website with more information about each of the features in our system.

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Sydney labour-hire operator prosecuted

The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced proceedings against a Sydney labour-hire company for allegedly underpaying 19 overseas workers more than $45,000. Some it alleges were employed in factories supplying products to Coles, Woolworths, airlines and schools.

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Ronald McDonald House

Workforce Guardian is a proud supporter of Ronald McDonald House Westmead.  The Families, Staff, Board and Volunteers at Ronald McDonald Westmead recently sent a certificate of thanks to acknowledge the contribution from David Bates and the team at Workforce Guardian.

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$300,000-plus for harassed worker

A tribunal has awarded a record $330,000 damages payout to a sexually harassed postal worker, after the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity responded to an invitation to intervene and make submissions on compensation.

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2015 Workforce Guardian Value Report

The 2015 Workforce Guardian Subscription Value Report was published on 27 January 2016 and confirms the vast majority of Workforce Guardian customers are obtaining incredible value from their subscription.

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Take-away food outlet prosecuted

An international student who was underpaid thousands of dollars claims she was told she would be paid less because "you are not an Aussie".

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Another 7-Eleven store prosecuted

Another 7-Eleven store in Brisbane has allegedly been short-changing its workers tens of thousands of dollars.  The Fair Work Ombudsman has announced legal action against the operators of a 7-Eleven outlet on Boundary Road, West End.

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Security company forced to backpay staff almost 30000

A Victorian security company has been put on notice after it short-changed a  Ballarat employee almost $30,000 over four years.

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Malaysian restaurant prosecuted for underpaying staff

The operators of an inner Sydney restaurant are facing Court for allegedly short-changing six employees tens of thousands of dollars and using false records to try to disguise the underpayments.

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Sky News Interview - 13 January 2016

David Bates from Workforce Guardian joins Switzer to talk about two key reports that have implications for small business (Broadcast Wednesday 13 January 2016).

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Fair Work Inspectors target health care and social assistance industry

Fair Work inspectors will check up to 600 employers over the coming months to ensure their businesses are paying the correct minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, allowances and loadings and providing appropriate meal breaks.

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Finally some light at the end of the tunnel

Everyone is running around right now saying 'Happy New Year'… and for Australia's embattled small business employers, 2016 might just be a little happier than previously thought. Read more in the latest Switzer Blog by Workforce Guardian.

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More 7-Eleven stores face court

The Fair Work Ombudsman has announced legal action against the operators of two more 7-Eleven stores for allegedly underpaying their staff tens of thousands of dollars.

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Sky News Interview - 8 December 2015

Everything you need to know about redundancy. Workforce Guardian's David Bates joins Switzer TV. (Broadcast Tuesday 8 December 2015).

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5 Tips to Avoid HR Disasters at Your Work Christmas Party

Most Australian employers are now busy planning to celebrate the holiday season with their teams either by hosting a party or arranging some other type of get-together. Follow these 5 simple and easy steps to avoid HR disasters at your work Christmas Party.

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Sky News Interview - 24 November 2015

David Bates of Workforce Guardian talks to Peter about his thoughts on current Fair Work laws. (Broadcast Tuesday 24 November 2015).

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Pizza Hut under fire for sham contracts

Australia's second-biggest pizza chain, Pizza Hut, is under fire as evidence emerges that its franchisees are using "sham" contracts to pay delivery drivers as little as $12 an hour without super or WorkCover.

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Cafe fined $73,000 for underpaying workers

The former owner-operators of the Java Spice Café Emporium have been fined a total of $73,000 for underpaying two backpackers.

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Painting business fined $15,000

The operator of a Darwin painting business has been fined $15,000 for deliberately exploiting four young overseas workers and refusing to back-pay them thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.

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Fair Work Inspectors target western Sydney

The Fair Work Ombudsman is auditing businesses in western Sydney to ensure employers are paying the correct minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, allowances and loadings and providing appropriate meal breaks.    Compliance with record-keeping and pay-slip obligations is also being monitored.

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Fair Work Inspectors target Canberra and Queanbeyan

The Fair Work Ombudsman is auditing businesses in Canberra and Queanbeyan to ensure employers are paying the correct minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, allowances and loadings and providing appropriate meal breaks.  Compliance with record-keeping and pay-slip obligations is also being monitored.

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Workforce Guardian Newsletter - November 2015

Keep informed and up to date about important HR and employment relations issues affecting small to medium businesses in Australia with the latest edition of the Workforce Guardian Newsletter.

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My Business Awards Sponsor

Workforce Guardian was a proud sponsor of the My Business Awards 2015. Each year the My Business Awards, Australia's longest standing business awards. celebrate a fresh batch of innovative, successful business owners who take to the stage to be awarded the prestigious title of 'My Business Award Winner'.

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Sky News Interview - November 2015

The subject of workplace bullying can be a minefield, as the recent case of an employee who 'unfriended' a colleague on Facebook shows. So what can employers do to mitigate the risks? David Bates of Workforce Guardian shares his insights.

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Big rise in general protections claims

General protections claims involving dismissal increased 17.5% in 2014-15, according to the latest Fair Work Commission Annial Report.  General protections claims not involving dismissal also increased substantially, up 12.5% from 779 to 879.

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Spot checks for 250 Queensland businesses

The Fair Work Ombudsman will audit up to 250 businesses in Cairns, Innisfail and the Cassowary Coast over the next three months.

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Swinburne University fined for breaching Fair Work Act

The Federal Court of Australia has ordered that Swinburne University pay a $14,000 penalty for contravening the Fair Work Act 2009 (the "Act").

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Baiada to pay $500,000 to contractors

Australia's largest chicken supplier, Baiada, will pay $500,000 towards compensating the underpayment of workers following exposure of wide-spread unlawful practices by contractors at its worksites.

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Proud supporters of Day for Daniel

Workforce Guardian are proud supporters of the annual 'Day for Daniel', which this year takes place on Friday 30 October.

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Fair Work Inspectors target Darwin

Fair Work Inspectors will audit up to 50 random businesses in Darwin this week to  check that employers are paying the correct minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, allowances, loadings and providing appropriate meal breaks.

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Lifestyle SA fined $196k for underpaying staff

An Adelaide company has been fined $196,000 for underpaying 46 of its employees more than $2.5 million.

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$10k in fines for underpaying worker

More than $10,000 in fines have been imposed after an ugg boot retailer paid an overseas worker in Sydney just $8 an hour. The Fair Work Ombudsman took legal action after the employee lodged a request for assistance. The employee was subsequently back-paid in full.

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Melbourne 7-Eleven latest to face court for breaching employment laws

A Melbourne 7-Eleven store operator is the latest to face court for allegedly breaching employment laws. Last financial year the Fair Work Ombudsman filed two litigations against 7-Eleven stores and entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with a third. In addition, Fair Work inspectors issued three Compliance Notices, 13 Infringement Notices (on-the-spot fines) and 16 Letters of Caution to 7-Eleven store operators.

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Workforce Guardian at ATSA 2015

Workforce Guardian is at the Hilton Sydney for ATSA 2015. ATSA 2015 is the Accountant's Technology Showcase Australia, Australia's only dedicated independent technology event for accountants in practice.

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WG talks about 7-Eleven Prosecutions for Underpayments and Trade Unions Royal Commission

David Bates from Workforce Guardian talk to Peter Switzer on Sky News. To bust some of the common HR myths. (Broadcast Tuesday 25 August 2015.)

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The benefits of installing human resource information system software

Human resource information system software is just software that automates your Human Resources department. Efficiently running your administrative system so you can reach your business goals, without it your business has no direction.

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Whats New: September 2015

Workforce Guardian regularly update the content on our annual subscription based online HR systems to ensure subscribers have access to the best HR tools and resources. Check out the latest updates.

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Fair Work Act fines increase

The maximum penalty for each breach of the Fair Work Act 2009 has risen to $54,000.    This increase has wide effect, as there is a growing trend in adverse action claims to prosecute all of the people "involved" in any contravention, in addition to the company. This may include the human resources manager, line manager, general counsel, or a director or officer of the company.

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Fair Work Ombudsman targets apprentices

The Fair Work Ombudsman has announced a new national campaign focusing on apprentices. About  700 employers engaging apprentices across a range of industries will be audited to check their compliance.

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Darwin cafe fined $1500 for record-keeping failures and ordered to undertake training

The former operator of an Alice Springs café has been fined $1500 for record-keeping failures discovered during a Fair Work Ombudsman campaign. He was also ordered to complete training in relevant employment law for hiring employees and provide the Fair Work Ombudsman with evidence of having done so.

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Restaurant fined $850 on the spot for failing to issue pay slips

A Malaysian restaurant in Perth has been fined $850 on the spot for failing to issue pay slips.

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Two My Kitchen food outlets prosecuted for underpaying staff

The operators of a two My Kitchen take-away food outlets have been prosecuted for underpaying staff after admitting they had no idea about minimum wage rates.

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Sydney manufacturing company and its Director face court after allegedly paying workers as little as $8 an hour

A Sydney manufacturing company and one of its directors will face Court after allegedly paying a Sri Lankan couple as little as $8 an hour.  According to the Fair Work Ombudsman, the low wage rate resulted in the couple being short-changed more than $86,000. The owner and his company face  penalties of up to $54,000 per breach.

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7-Eleven operator faces Court over underpayments

The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal proceedings against a 7-Eleven retail store in Sydney which allegedly underpaid two migrant employees almost $50,000 and created erroneous records for the workers. The owner and his company face penalties of up to $54,000 per breach.

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Fair Work Act penalties now up to $54,000

The maximum penalty for each breach of the Fair Work Act 2009 has risen to $54,000.  This increase has wide effect, as there is a growing trend in adverse action claims to prosecute all of the people "involved" in any contravention, in addition to the company. This may include the human resources manager, line manager, general counsel, or a director or officer of the company.

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Sky News Interview - August 2015

David Bates from Workforce Guardian talk to Peter Switzer on Sky News. To bust some of the common HR myths. (Broadcast Tuesday 25 August 2015.)

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Productivity Commission calls for Sunday Penalty Rates Review

Sunday penalty rates for cafe, entertainment and retail workers could fall to the same level as Saturdays under changes proposed by the Productivity Commission report into workplace laws.

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7-Eleven operator fined more than $21,000

A 7-Eleven retail store operator in Queensland has been fined more than $21,000 after underpaying an overseas worker.

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Bendigo restaurant fined $142,000

The former operators of a Bendigo restaurant who repeatedly short-changed their employees have been fined a total of $142,000 following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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Why employers need to get tough on smokos

David Bates from Workforce Guardian talks to Peter about why employers need to get tough on 'smokos'.

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Over 40% of Building and Construction Industry employers breaching Fair Work laws

The Fair Work Ombudsman has released the findings of its National Building and Construction Industry Campaign 2014/2015.

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How to respond to union threats

The percentage of workers willing to pay for union membership has been steadily falling for years. Currently, less than 17% of workers are willing to associate themselves with a union.  Read full article in the latest HR Expert Blog for Switzer

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Restaurant prosecuted for short-changing workers

A Fremantle restaurant has ended up with a hefty bill for back-payment of wages after it was found to be short-changing its waiting staff.  The matter is one of a number finalised by the Fair Work Ombudsman in and around Perth recently.

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Telstra recommends Workforce Guardian

Workforce Guardian is proud to be recognised by Telstra as one of the best applications for business. As well as the only employee management system recommended by Telstra on the Telstra Apps Marketplace.

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Over 600 hospitality employers found guilty of breaching employment laws

Recent audits by Fair Work Inspectors have found over 600 hospitality  employers (cafes, restaurants and catering services) guilty of breaching employment laws.

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Whats New: Recent Updates

Workforce Guardian regularly update the content on our annual subscription based online HR systems to ensure subscribers have access to the best HR tools and resources. Check out the latest updates.

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Sky News Interview - June 2015

Managing Director of Workforce Guardian, David Bates, joins the show to discuss better things the Government could be doing for small business. (Broadcast Tuesday 30 June 2015.)

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Melbourne business operator fined $228,000

A Melbourne business operator has been fined more than $228,000 after admitting she underpaid a vulnerable migrant employee because she thinks Australia's minimum pay rates are "just crazy".

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Tour company penalised almost $100,000

A Cairns businessman and his tour company have been penalised almost $100,000 in fines and back-pay orders after short-changing five backpackers and defiantly claiming they would "not get a cent" of it.

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What does a human resource management information system do?

A human resource management information system merges the general day-to-day running of your human resources department with technology. It's simply the evolution of HR and IT. Thanks to the improvements in technology these two areas can be merged into one and Workforce Guardian can show you how.

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FWO report slams Baiada Group

The employment practices employed by Baiada, which produces the Lilydale Select and Steggles brands for Woolworths, Coles, IGA, Aldi, McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut, Red Rooster, Nando's and Subway, are the subject of a scathing report by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO).

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Sports Bar and Hungry Jacks prosecuted for underpaying employees

123 former Sports Bar and Hungry Jacks employees at Newcastle airport are to be back-paid more than $472,000 after it was found they were being short-changed.

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Paid Parent Leave mistake costs employer $170,000

A company's parental leave policy - which breached the National Employment Standards which most Australian businesses must provide to all employees under the Fair Work Act 2009 - has cost it $170,000.

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10 Ways You’re Accidentally Breaking Employment Law

Read our latest article "10 Ways You're Accidentally Breaking Employment Law" in Professional Beauty magazine.

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A look at human resource information system software

How a business runs today has changed and evolved over time and the way the human resources department manages your company has changed. In general the HR department of any company or business manages employee information, this includes skills, job, history, background and education and without the aid of computers this information was hard to manage. Thanks to Human resource information system software you now have a programme that is capable of handling all matters of employment and staff.

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Episode 7 - Avoid Big Fines and Expensive Employee Claims

Jen has had enough of Frank's poor performance in the workplace and tries to terminate his employment. But Frank has other ideas. Threatening to lodge an unfair dismissal claim unless Jen pays him $50,000 to go away. Oh, Frank! Should have subscribed to Workforce Guardian.

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Episode 6 - Access The HR Compliance Tools You Need

Has Frank been caught drinking alcohol and watching adult material in the workplace? Will Jen fire him? Or does she risk an expensive unfair dismissal claim without the right HR compliance tools in place to manage the situation effectively?!

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Fair Work and HR -What every bookkeeper should know

Watch the presentation to the ICB Conference in March 2015 by David Bates, Managing Director of Workforce Guardian. Talking about Fair Work and HR: What every bookkeeper should know. 

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Annual Wage Review 2015

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.5% increase to minimum wages. The increase will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2015.

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Cafe faces court for record-keeping failures

The operators of an Alice Springs café are facing Court after Fair Work Inspectors allegedly uncovered blatant record-keeping failures.

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Episode 5 - Ensure HR Records Are Safe and Sound

A Fair Work Inspector arrives for a random workplace compliance audit. Does Frank have the required employment records including time and wage records, as well as pay slips, or will his mayhem expose the business to big fines and expensive penalties?!

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$4.8m back-pay for aged care workers

Thousands of aged care nurses, allied health workers and support staff are being reimbursed almost $4.8 million after their employer inadvertently underpaid their overtime rates for at least six years.

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David Bates appears on Sky News

Workforce Guardian Managing Director, David Bates, joins the Switzer Show on Sky News to talk about some interesting workplace situations. (Broadcast Tuesday 31 March 2015.)

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Episode 4 - Ensure Modern Awards Compliance

A new employee asks Frank about his Award. Does Frank know which of the 122 Modern Awards apply to his job or will Frank create more mayhem for Jen's business by exposing her to big fines of up to $51,000 for breaches of the Fair Work Act?

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Human resource information management systems – keeping your business up to date

Human resources is the department (or section) that processes payrolls, receives e-mails, employs workers and deals with anything else employee related. Times have changed and today the human resources *industry* is now using technology more than ever, thanks to the invention of a Human resource information management system everything that was once performed manually is now under the control of software.

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Episode 3 - Prevent Unlawful Harassment

Frank is starting employee performance reviews. Jen asks Frank if she can sit in on the first meeting. Will it be a "walk in the park" like Frank says?! Or is Frank about to create more mayhem with his own interpretation of a "360% performance review"?!

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Episode 2 - Affordable Online Support from Qualified HR Experts

Frank has now been employed with Jen for a week. Jen follows up with Frank about his employment contract. But instead gets a bill for $800 "PLUS GST" from a law firm. Sounds like Jen needs access to affordable HR advice. Who can Jen ask?

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Simple small business award or more new rules?

Both the NSW Business Chamber and the Australian Retail Association (ARA) are calling for special clauses to be included in most of the country's Modern Awards to make life easier for small businesses. While the intention is great, their proposals aren't.

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HR Advice Online Case History Now Available

Workforce Guardian's HR Advice Online Service now includes a detailed Case History.

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Hairdressing operator fined $162,000

The Federal Circuit Court has imposed an unprecedented injunction restraining a NSW hairdresser from underpaying any staff he employs in the future.

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Nando's restaurant prosecuted for breaching Fair Work Act

A Nando's restaurant withheld the first two weeks' wages from a new staff member in a bid to ensure the employee stayed in the job for at least three months, a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation has revealed.

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Episode 1 - Employment Contracts

Each week for the next seven weeks we'll be releasing a new 'Oh, Frank! Should have subscribed to Workforce Guardian' commercial on the Workforce Guardian YouTube Channel. We hope you enjoy watching the adventures of Frank as he creates mayhem for an unfortunate small business operator.

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Employer fined for disgraceful treatment of chef

The Federal Circuit Court has fined and firmly reprimanded an employer in regional Victoria, over his "disgraceful" treatment of a foreign chef.

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Why your business needs hris

Human Resources Information Software is important for your business; it will help generate a LOT of information that is related to your employees and to your business. At Workforce Guardian we realise how important it is for your business to access this type of information and using hris system software will help you harness all this information. 

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Fair Work inspectors target employers of backpackers on working holidays

In the first nine months of this financial year, the Fair Work Ombudsman has already recouped $1.281 million for 345 underpaid visa-holders. The Agency is now receiving more requests for assistance from visa-holders working in Australia than ever before with one in 10 requests for assistance now coming from visa-holders. Fair Work Inspectors will target Byron Bay, Lismore, Gympie and Maroochydore this week as part of a year-long Inquiry.

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Payslips - Are you compliant

Incomplete and incorrect pay slips are still one of the most common problems identified by Fair Work Inspectors. Workforce Guardian can help employers avoid fines for failing to meet their their record‑keeping and pay slip obligations under the Fair Work Act 2009.

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Sky News Interview - April 2015

David Bates from Workforce Guardian talks to Peter Switzer on SkyNews about the most recent Twitter debacle and employee and employer's rights. (Broadcast Tuesday April 28 2015.)

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FWO targets clothing retailers

The Fair Work Ombudsman has announced a two year education and compliance campaign targeting 1000 clothing retailers, wholesalers, distributors and contractors who employ  migrant and overseas workers to make clothes from their homes.

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Outsourcing HR if you own a small business

If you are running a small business you really want to - or need to - spend your time establishing your business, building your business and watching it grow, you don't have time to worry about HR

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5 Ways To Let Your Team Know You are A Control Freak

Every manager wants to be a control freak, right? Nobody wants to believe in empowerment, autonomy, or recognizing achievements. It's all about micromanagement. Read our latest blog article by Paul Slezak, Cofounder at RecruitLoop.

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1200 businesses face further monitoring

About 1200 businesses found to have underpaid their workers over the past three years will be reviewed again as the Fair Work Ombudsman strives to promote a culture of compliance with workplace laws.

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Hotel Housekeepers Underpaid

Housekeepers cleaning rooms at one of Australia's largest hotels will have their pay packets reviewed after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they are being underpaid.

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Gold Coast restaurant fined $84,500

The operators of a Gold Coast restaurant have been fined a total of $84,500 for  underpaing workers a total of $16,881 in wages and entitlements between December, 2011 and December, 2012.

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What happened to Fair Work

Operating a small business is tough, but there's no excuse for undercutting your staff. Not only does it hurt the workers being shortchanged - it creates a bad name for us all.

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How to get the best from your H.R.I. System Software

Human Resources Information Systems Software helps make any business's Human Resources department far more advanced. Human Resources Information Systems Software is used to track information and has been designed to make your Human Resources process more streamlined and efficient.

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Fair Work Inspectors target NSW Mid-North Coast

Fair Work inspectors will call on up to 300 businesses in  the NSW Mid-North Coast over the next few weeks.

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Review of Employment Laws Announced

The long-awaited release of the terms of reference for the Productivity Commission's upcoming  review of Australia's (hopelessly complex) employment laws has triggered an unsurprising reaction  from the 'usual suspects'.

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Massage business prosecuted for sham contracting

Too many employers still assume that as long as a person has an ABN, they can safely be engaged as an independent contractor. This is simply not the case. Another alleged sham contracting case involving Lu's Healthcare Pty Ltd is a timely reminder of the importance of correctly classifying each worker as either an employee or an independent contractor.  If found guilty, the business manager faces possible penalties of up to $10,200 per breach and the company faces maximum penalties of up to $51,000 per breach.

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The Fair Work Review No-one Needs

The key issues faced by employers under our current, hopelessly complex employment relations laws are clear for all to see. So why do we need an expensive, 11-month-long review by the Productivity Commission to tell us what we already know?!

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3 hot HR Tips for 2015

Well, the new year is upon us and Australians are slowly returning to our workplaces. So here are my 3 hot HR tips to help you avoid expensive claims and prosecution in 2015:

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Shopping Centre Trolley Collection Providers Fined

In the past six years, the Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered over $433,000 in underpaid wages and entitlements for more than 500 trolley collectors throughout Australia.

In recent months, the Fair Work Ombudsman has stepped up its efforts to protect trolley collectors, warning the supermarket giants they can no longer turn a blind eye to the persistent problem of trolley collectors being exploited by sub-contractors.

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Upgrade to CPU

Demand for our HR systems continues to grow. To keep ahead of demand we are investing in increased multi-core processing capacity for each of our servers.

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Seasons Greetings: December Newsletter

In this issue:

  • - Seasons Greetings
  • - Upgrade Feedback: Tell us what you think and you could win!
  • - What's New: Managing Time & Attendance, Managing Leave, Training Management, Licences Management, Sample Position Descriptions and more!
  • - Legal Updates: Recent Prosecutions
  • - Partner Updates: Telstra HR Solutions, ADP HR Solutions and more
  • - Recent Event Photos
  • - Upcoming Events
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Latest Unfair Dismissal Statistics Prove the System is Broken

The Fair Work Commission has now released its quarterly statistics on unfair dismissal applications lodged from July to September, and it's not good news for employers.

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Happy Customer: National Infrastructure Solutions

Read how Workforce Guardian helped this Australian business at a time of immense growth and change.

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Is your workplace safe?

166 Australians have been killed at work so far this year. Help stop this number rising - make health and safety a priority in your workplace.

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Gold Sponsor of IPA National Conference 2014

Workforce Guardian is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of this years Institute of Public Accountants  2014 National Congress being held at the beautiful 5 star Crowne Plaza Resort  in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.

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New Benefit - Sample Position Decriptions

Workforce Guardian now includes over 90 sample position descriptions. Position descriptions are a critical document for every job.

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5 simple steps to avoid HR disasters at your work Christmas Party

Most Australian employers are now busy planning to celebrate the holiday season with their teams either by hosting a party or arranging some other type of get-together. Follow these 5 simple and easy steps to avoid HR disasters at your work Christmas Party.

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5 most common HR and WHS mistakes and how you can help your clients avoid them

David Bates from Workforce Guardian talks to participants at ATSA 2014 about the 5 most common HR and WHS mistakes and how you can help your clients avoid them

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Whats hot in accounting technology at ATSA 2014

The Savvy Accountant talks to leading technology companies such as Workforce Guardian at ATSA 2014, the Accountants' Technology Showcase Australia, about what's hot in accounting technology.

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Tips for managing information

Who doesn't want to work smarter? But, when it comes to human resources information management system - what does work smarter mean? It simply means adopting a style of work based on the decisions you make and how you actually manage information while doing it.

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October Newsletter now available

In this issue:

  • Major Product Upgrade Now Live!
  • Recent HR Blogs
  • Latest videos on our YouTube Channel
  • Upcoming Events
  • New HR Blog RSS Feed for Partners
  • New Terms of Service
  • Share your Success Story!
  • Take our Survey
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Major Product Upgrade Now Live

I am very excited to officially release the biggest upgrade to our cloud HR systems in the history of Workforce Guardian. More than just an upgrade this latest release includes a complete re-engineering of the Workforce Guardian platform which has allowed us to build more features and deliver more benefits for subscribers. All at no additional cost to your annual subscription.

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Latest Article on Switzer - Answers to questions after Sky News Business Program

On 25 September Workforce Guardian once again featured on Sky News Business Program with peter Switzer. In this article we answer questions we received after the show.

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Workforce Guardian at Telstra Your Business Expo

Workforce Guardian will be exhibiting Telstra HR Solutions powered by Workforce Guardian at the Telstra Your Business Expo in Perth on October 16 and 17.

Come and see what's new in Australia's leading HR and employment relations service for employers.

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Workforce Guardian at Xero

Workforce Guardian will be exhibiting at the Xero Roadshows 2014.

Come and see what's new in Australia's leading HR and employment relations service for employers.

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Workforce Guardian on Sky News

Watch the interview with David Bates from Workforce Guardian on Sky News, 25 September 2014.

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Need HR Advice for a Client? Don’t Google!

We all love Google. We no longer need encyclopaedias, maps, history or recipe books, or even  a wise old family member who knows the answer to just about everything (even if they do  occasionally make up the answer on the spot!). No, these days all we need is a device connected to  the internet and the ability to spell 'google' to find everything we need.

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Unfair Dismissal v Adverse Action

While many employers have at least a vague idea of what an 'unfair dismissal' is and how to avoid  one, far fewer are familiar with 'adverse action' claims. Given the rise in the number of these claims  - and the significant risks they pose for small business employers - this week we take a look at the  key differences between these two quite distinct claims.

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Bash Bug Safe Site

Earlier this week, we learned about a potential security threat called the Bash bug, also known as Shellshock.  Since learning about this potential threat, Workforce Guardian has taken action to ensure that our ultra-high security environment remains secure and that we have a Shellshock/Bash Bug Safe Site.

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Opening speech by David Bates at National Small Business Summit 2014

Watch the opening speech by David Bates @ National Small Business Summit 2014 - IR/Workplace Relations Debate. Now available on our YouTube channel.

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Presentation to ICB and Open Colleges Event

Watch the 'HR Issues - is this a bookkeepers job?' presentation to ICB & Open Colleges Event by David Bates Workforce Guardian

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What the Unions did say

Last week, in advance of my debate with Ged Kearney (President of the Australian Council of Trade  Unions - ACTU), at the COSBOA National Small Business Summit, my blog listed all the things I  guessed Ms Kearney wouldn't say. Well, I am pleased to say I was 100% right! Ms Kearney didn't say any of the above. But it's what she  did say that should send a shiver up the spine of every hard-working small business employer.

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Organize Your Company with Human Resources Information Systems Software

If your company is struggling to keep all your employee information in an organized and categorized manner, the Workforce Guardian has the best solution for you.

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National Small Business Summit 2014

Watch the National Small Business Summit 2014 - IR/Workplace Relations Debate 7 August 2014. Now available on our YouTube channel.

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What the Unions Won't Say

The annual Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) HR Summit will take place on 7 and 8 August in Melbourne. I'm fortunate enough to have been invited to take part in a 'panel debate' on the current state of Australia's Fair Work system. Joining me on that panel will be Ged Kearney, the current President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).

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Coffee shop pays compensation to overseas worker sacked for querying wages

The operator of a former Gloria Jean's coffee shop in Sydney's Kings Cross (Senan Pty Ltd) has been forced to pay $2000 compensation to a young casual employee who was dismissed after she queried her pay rate following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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RSL guilty of Fair Work Act breaches

Unpaid workers at the St Helens RSL community club have been awarded back pay totalling $31,084 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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Human Resources Information Systems Software

If your company is struggling to keep all your employee information in an organized and categorized manner, the Workforce Guardian has the best solution for you. All you need to do is get our Human Resources Information Systems Software and see the difference for yourself. Your company will be better organized and as a result will be more productive and efficient.

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Subscriber Wins Telstra Business Award

Workforce Guardian is proud to congratulate one of our long term subscribers for their win at the Telstra National Business Awards.

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Get Human Resource Management Information System for Your Company

Make all your Human Resource Management tasks simpler and easier with Workforce Guardian HR Solutions. We can offer you a Human Resource Management Information System that will enable you to organize all your company data in relation to your employees in a more efficient manner.

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Remember, wage rates change next week

New minimum wage rates apply from next Tuesday, July 1. The transition to modern award rates of pay also ends on July 1 which will make accessing information on wages and conditions much simpler.

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Independent contractor vs employee: you need to get it right

Too many employers still assume that as long as a person has an ABN, they can safely be engaged as an independent contractor. Wrong. A Roy Morgan Group Company found out the hard way this week with penalties of more than $300,000.

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Cafe penalised over unlawful wage deductions

A café has been required to pay thousands of dollars in compensation and penalties after the Fair Work Ombudsman found it was illegally deducting money from the wages of its employees.

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Pay Packet Review for National Pizza Franchise

A national pizza franchise must review the records of a third of its 65 Australian stores to check that workers are receiving their proper wages and conditions following action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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Complete Human Resource Solutions Online

At Workforce Guardian we specialise in providing online human resources services to our customers. The benefits of choosing to use our online tools to efficiently and easily comply with your HR requirements are significant, and using the online tools Workforce Guardian is the best choice of all. 

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An important reminder about adverse action

If an employer takes, or even threatens to take, any form of 'adverse action' against an employee because they exercise a workplace right, they face the risk of extremely expensive, time-consuming, and complex legal action.

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Workers back paid almost $50,000

A number of workers have been back-paid almost $50,000 in wages and entitlements with the biggest recovery being $20,000 for a café manager following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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Human Resource Information System Software

For the smooth running of any workplace, it is of utmost importance that you have good human resource information system software. 

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Are Commission-Only Contracts Legal

Apart from a very small number of specific exceptions, employees who receive a commission must still have their wages 'topped-up' to at least the national minimum wage.

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Restaurant operators fined $334,000

The operators of two Melbourne restaurants who gave teenage employees pizza and soft drink instead of their correct wages have been fined a total of $334,818 following an investigation and litigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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Increase in Australian Minimum Wages

The Fair Work Commission has increased the National Minimum Wage and Award Rates for Australia's lowest paid workers by 3 per cent.

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Inspectors target retail stores

The Fair Work Ombudsman continues to target popular brand clothing and accessory retailers to ensure they are complying with Australian employment laws.

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Trade unions still living in Twilight Zone

Australia has only scored a 3 in the latest International Trade Union Confederation's (ITUC) 2014 'Global Rights Index'. Putting us in the category of nations where there is a 'regular violation of rights'. Next to countries like Bolivia, Bulgaria, Ethiopia and Ghana.

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Inspectors to audit record-keeping

Fair Work Inspectors will target 350 businesses throughout NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT  to ensure that they are complying with their record-keeping obligations under the Fair Work Act 2009.

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Fair Work to target Orchards

Fair Work inspectors will target orchards across NSW, Victoria and Western Australia over the next few weeks as part of its ongoing focus on seasonal workers.

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The Fair Work laws: is blissful ignorance saving the day?

Recent events have got me thinking…what if the only reason our economy keeps ticking along is because most people are just ignoring the hopelessly complex Fair Work laws? Read more in the latest Workforce Guardian HR Blog on Switzer.

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Human Resource Information Management System

Workforce Guardian is Australia's leading Human Resource and employment relations service for employers. We can offer you the best Human Resource Information Management System in the business.

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Landscapers fined over allowance sack threats

More than $13,000 in fines and compensation orders have been imposed after a casual employee was threatened with the sack for pursuing a vehicle allowance when using his own motor vehicle for work duties.

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Need savings Joe? Axe the Fair Work shambles

All the talk this week is, unsurprisingly, about the spending cuts announced in the Coalition's Federal Budget 2014. "But it seems to me that Joe Hockey's missed a trick by leaving our shambolic Fair Work system untouched." argues David Bates, Managing Director of Workforce Guardian.

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May Newsletter now available

In this issue:

  • > Workforce Guardian Major Upgrade is Almost Here
  • > Upcoming Events
  • > Recent HR Blog Articles
  • > Workplace Myth: Permanent Casuals
  • > Inspiration
  • > Resources
  • > Helpful videos
  • > More
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Spotlight on retail hospitality businesses

Alert: Fair Work Ombudsman inspectors are targeting local retailers and hospitality businesses to ensure they are paying correct wage rates.

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Heading to the Commission-Better get a Law Degree fast!

In a recent - and rather revealing admission by a serving Fair Work Commission (FWC) Member, Deputy President Sams recently confirmed what many have suspected for a long time: that the representation of parties by lawyers at the Commission is "…more often than not, a welcome relief."

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Manage your business better with HRIS Systems

Are you in search of a HRIS Systems Software that will help manage your business and employees with more efficiency? Then you have come to the right place!

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Do I have to give my employees a warning?

While you don't have to give warnings, if an employee makes an unfair dismissal claim, the Fair Work Commission may consider whether you gave the employee a warning or gave them an opportunity to improve their performance.

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Workplace myth: Permanent Casual

There is no such thing as a 'permanent casual', 'part-time casual' or 'full-time casual' employee. Employees can be hired as casuals or on a permanent basis.

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Smoke a joint crash a ferry and get your job back?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the Fair Work Commission has reached another decision which will infuriate many employers. Reinstating a ferry master who was fired after crashing a ferry into a wharf and admitting he had smoked marijuana the night before.

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HR Support Service

Are you on the lookout for a HR Support Service? Then Workforce Guardian can be of service to you!

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It's time for a Modern Award for Small Business

Is it right, fair, or even logical for the little shop on your corner to be bound by the same Modern Award that applies to Australia's largest retailers? David Bates, Managing Director of Workforce Guardian explains in his latest Switzer blog why its time for a Modern Award for Small Business.

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Why written employment contracts matter

We really can't over-emphasise the importance of good contracts. Just imagine how much time, money and distress could be saved by key terms of the employer/employee relationship being put in writing and signed off by both parties.

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Heartbleed Safe Site

Last week, we learned about a potential security threat called the Heartbleed bug. Since learning about this potential threat, Workforce Guardian has taken action to ensure that our ultra-high security environment remains secure and that we have a Heartbleed Safe Site.


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April Newsletter now available

In this issue:

  • > Easter is fast approaching!
  • > HR Advice Online: Our most commonly asked HR questions
  • > Reminder about HR Advice Online Guaranteed Response Times
  • > Changes to junior wage rates and minimum Award wages
  • > COSBOA dinner raises important HR issues for small businesses
  • > More
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Workplace Relations Minister for a day

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak at a HR conference where, consistent with the views I've previously expressed in this blog, I challenged the fairness of the  Fair Work Act 2009 and suggested that the Fair Work Commission (FWC) and Modern Awards are simply not fit for purpose.  This prompted one conference attendee to ask: what would you do if you were the Minister for a day?

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Restaurant penalised for age discrimination and record-keeping law breaches

Brisbane restaurant operators penalised $29,150 for contraventions of age discrimination and record-keeping laws.

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Cafe operators face court

The operators of a café in Melbourne are to face court over allegations they paid foreign students as little as $8 an hour.  A total of 22 employees were allegedly underpaid more than $83,000.

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The $90,000 wage mistake: Lessons for every employer

Finding the right minimum pay rate for employees can be tough, but the penalties for getting it wrong can be much, much tougher.  Just ask two doctors in Sydney. Last month their practice was fined almost $90,000.

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The nanny state has arrived!

Regular readers of my Switzer column will know that while I am deeply opposed to workplace bullying, I am also deeply opposed to the new anti-bullying provisions.

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Cloudbiz 2014

Workforce Guardian is a proud sponsor of Cloudbiz 2014. Cloudbiz has become the showcase business technology event on the Sunshine Coast.

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COSBOA Dinner raises important HR issues

Workforce Guardian raise important HR issues for small businesses at Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA) Business Leaders Dinner in Canberra.

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Junior Wages Rates

Australia's national employment tribunal, the Fair Work Commission (FWC), has ruled that 20 year old 'junior' employees covered by the General Retail Industry Award 2010 should receive the full adult wage rate.

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Easter is fast approaching

Easter is fast approaching with Good Friday falling on 18 April and Easter Monday on 21 April. In many parts of the country Saturday 19 April has also been declared a full public holiday.

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COSBOA welcomes Workforce Guardian as new partner

Workforce Guardian is proud to be a new partner and the official sponsor for the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA) Business Leaders Dinner with Rod Sims, Chairman of the ACCC and his Deputy Chairman and Commissioner responsible for Small Business, Michael Schaper.

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Let your HR department work seamlessly in a world of ever-changing laws

Are you looking for the ultimate human resource information management system to help give your HR department the ease it needs to function efficiently? This is where Workforce Guardian strives. 

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Former company director fined $28,000 over underpayment of eight employees

The former director of an environmental control products company who was involved in underpaying eight employees in Adelaide and Sydney has been fined $28,000.

 

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Workforce Guardian’s state of the art human resource management software

For many years now in industry, technology has driven human resources. With thousands of applicants for each new position that arises, businesses need to harness human resources information systems software to get the job done.

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General store operators fined $45,000

The former operators of a general store in regional Victoria have been fined a total of $45,000 for underpaying two workers more than $19,000.

 

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New Bullying Laws - Is your business protected?

Important changes were made to the Fair Work Act 2009 on 1 January 2014 regarding workplace bullying.  Learn more in this informative, plain-English  webinar presented for ADP.

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Changes to Modern Awards

On 1 January 2014 there was a change to all modern awards. The variation means that you have to consult with employees before changing their regular roster or ordinary hours of work.

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Is the Abbott Government making it easier for employers

The Abbott Government has recently made it easier for employers dealing with the fair work ombudsman, but David Bates from Workforce Guardian says it's not all as it seems.

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Toyota Material Handling fined almost $50,000

Toyota Material Handling (NSW) Pty Ltd has been fined $49,550 as the result of an investigation and legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman for failing to  ensure they negotiate lawfully with employees in an environment free of duress and illegitimate pressure.

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End to end human resource management with Workforce Guardian

Human resources is now a vehicle whose drivers require both automation and expert knowledge. With a sophisticated human resource management information system you can drive new efficiency into hiring, payroll, leave management and exit processes. 

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Fine for underpaying medical centre staff

The former owner-operator of medical centres in Perth and Sydney has been fined $22,176 over the underpayment of nine employees.

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Cleaners allegedly had $130,000 unlawfully deducted from their wages

A Melbourne recruitment and labour hire company allegedly falsified its employment records and unlawfully deducted tens of thousands of dollars from the wages of dozens of cleaners.

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The Fair Work Commission - another sorry saga

You may already be aware that appealing a decision made by a Commissioner is a fairly daunting task.

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AGHA Home & Giving Fair Sydney

The Workforce Guardian Team is currently busy preparing our major front-entrance stand at the 2014 Home and Giving Fair at Homebush in Sydney. You can read more about the Fair here.

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Drive human resources efficiency with our custom built information management software

With an increasingly expanding workforce relations policy and legislation, Australia has one of the most complicated systems in the world when it comes to human resources. Our company, Workforce Guardian, seeks to provide a shield to employers so that they understand their rights and responsibilities when it comes to employees.

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Redefine your HR processes with our fully automated information management system

Australia's human resourcing laws are now more complex than ever with the passage of increasingly wordy legislation and protections under the law for employees.

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Brothels in breach of workplace laws

Random audits of dozens of Victorian brothels found more than 70 percent in breach of workplace law, the Fair Work Ombudsman revealed today.

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The immunity thats not an immunity

Let me explain (and please accept my apologies in advance - this doesn't end well for employers). Something quite remarkable happened on 30 December 2013. While most of us were on holidays, the Minister responsible for employment laws, The Hon Eric Abetz, issued a press release announcing small businesses which rely on advice from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) would not be prosecuted if the advice later turned out to be wrong.  "Wow - that's great news" thought many employers. But this is, unfortunately, a Clayton's immunity...

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Disclaimer

Please Note: This blog contains general commentary on HR and employment relations. As Workforce Guardian is not a law firm, we do not provide legal advice. Information contained in this blog should not be relied upon as a substitution for legal advice.

 

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Workforce Guardian to visit 20 cities in 23 days with Xero Roadshows

Xero is hitting the road in February, taking their team of cloud accounting experts on the road to answer your questions - and the Workforce Guardian team will be joining them!

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Biggest HR problem in Australia

We have, rather sadly, become one of those places where no-win, no-fee lawyers now relentlessly spruik their wares on daytime television and where any form of disciplinary action taken by an employer - no matter how carefully-invoked or even justified in the circumstances - is often met with a letter from a law firm threatening litigation on behalf of their client.

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January Newsletter now available

In this issue:

> BIG Value for Small Business
> Alert: 300 Retailers Earmarked for Audit
> How to Avoid HR Disaster in 2014: Tips for Employers, Accountants & Bookkeepers
> Who we help: Subscriber Profile
> Tell us what you think: Subscriber Survey
> Upcoming Events: Xero Roadshow, AGHA Fair, Young Guns Workshop, Global Business Camps
> And more

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300 retailers earmarked for scrutiny

Random auditing of up to 300 retail shops across three states is underway as part of the latest Fair Work Ombudsman campaign.

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How to Avoid HR Disaster in 2014

Tips for Accountants and Bookkeepers

If your firm was one of the many that found itself investigated and penalised for breaches of the Fair Work Act in 2013, chances are you're already (painfully!) aware of the most common HR mistakes made by accountants and bookkeepers that result in heavy fines.

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4 simple steps to HR success in 2014

As your employees begin returning to work from the holidays, now is the perfect time to take some very simple steps to ensure HR - and business - success during the year ahead.

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Alert: National audits of fast food outlets commence

The Fair Work Ombudsman will commence audits of about 600 fast food outlets across the country this month as part of a national campaign. Fair Work Inspectors will check employers are paying employees their minimum entitlements, including minimum hourly rates, penalty rates and overtime rates, and are complying with their record-keeping and pay slip obligations.

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New Xero API

We are excited to accounce that our updated Xero API is now available to all Workforce Guardian subscribers.

All subscribers can now quickly and easily import employees in bulk from their Xero account.

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Holiday Opening Hours

During the Christmas season Workforce Guardian will be open for business, but with a limited range of services.

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December Newsletter now available

In this issue:

> Upcoming Events: Xero Roadshow, AGHA Fair, Young Guns Workshop, Global Business Camps
> Tell us what you think: Subscriber Survey
> Need more flexibility? Individual Flexibility Arrangements
> Xero API now available to all subscribers
> Telstra HR Solutions powered by Workforce Guardian
> The Holden Enterprise Agreement: Lessons for every employer
> And more

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25% non-compliance rate for pharmacies

A Fair Work Ombudsman campaign has found that 25 per cent of pharmacies nationally are not fully compliant with workplace laws and paying workers correctly.

In response to receiving a large number of complaints from pharmacy workers, Fair Work Inspectors selected hundreds of privately owned community pharmacies...

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The Holden Enterprise Agreement: lessons for every employer

Holden's announcement that it will close its Australian operations in 2017 comes as no surprise to HR practitioners familiar with its bizarre Enterprise Agreement (EA). While most employers (of large and small businesses) have successfully used EAs to improve productivity and flexibility, Holden did exactly the opposite with its EA.

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New Bullying Laws

Read our latest article in Spa Australasia magazine.

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Need more flexibility?

Are you frustrated with the lack of flexibility provided by the Fair Work laws? Individual Flexibility Arrangements could be the answer. Read our latest article in The Switzer Daily.

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November Newsletter now available

In this issue:

> Tips to avoid HR disasters at your Christmas Party
> Are you ready for Australia's new workplace bullying laws?  FREE checklist
> Fair Work Commission Annual Report released: Just not good enough
> 4 easy ways you can take control of mobile phone use in your workplace
> And more

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Unfair dismissals reach new peak

Total adverse action claims exceeded 3000 in the year to September, while the number of unfair dismissal claims reached a new high in the last quarter, according to Fair Work Commission statistics.

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Fair Work Commission: just not good enough

Australia's employment relations tribunal, the Fair Work Commission (FWC), has now published its 2012-13 Annual Report under the rather Orwellian title of 'One Future Direction'. It certainly makes for interesting reading (if you're into that kind of thing), and by interesting, I actually mean deeply disturbing.

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Mobile phones a problem in your workplace?

4 easy ways you can take control of mobile phone use in your workplace. Read Workforce Guardian's latest article in The Switzer Daily.

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Avoid HR disasters at your Christmas Party!

Getting ready to host your company's annual Christmas Party? Here are some helpful hints to ensure your event is merry in all the right ways. Read more in Switzer News.

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New workplace bullying laws

Are you ready for Australia's new workplace bullying laws? On 1 January 2014, Australia's new workplace bullying laws will commence as a result of the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 passed by the Parliament of Australia.

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Workforce Guardian exhibits at ATSA

Workforce Guardian exhibits at ATSA, Australia's only dedicated technology event for accountants in practice

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David Bates joins Switzer team of experts

David Bates, Managing Director of Workforce Guardian, has been appointed to the Switzer team of experts.

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Launch of HR Advice Online

David Bates, Managing Director of Workforce Guardian today launched the latest service from Workforce Guardian: HR Advice Online which  enables accountants, bookkeepers and business advisor's to ask HR and employment relations-related questions on behalf of their clients and receive practical, plain-English advice in writing. Advice can be sent to you or directly to your client.

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Largest Ever Penalty Imposed

The Commonwealth Agency responsible for investigating and fining businesses, the 'Fair Work Ombudsman' (FWO) has succeeded in its efforts to prosecute Newcastle-based business, Happy Cabby Pty Ltd.

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How healthy is your HR?

How healthy is your HR? Free HR Health Check for small business.

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Enterprise Agreements & Better Off Overall Test

Recently there have been a number of applications for approval of Enterprise Agreements which have failed to pass the Better Off Overall Test (BOOT).

Upon investigation by the Fair Work Commission (FWC), a number of concerns were identified in relation to Enterprise Agreements lodged for approval by Small Businesses.

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Workforce Guardian Partners with LAA

We are proud to announce a new partnership with The Lottery Agents' Association (LAA).
Workforce Guardian now provides LAA members with access to professional and practical everyday HR advice and support. LAA represents over 700 Tattersall's and Intralot agencies throughout Victoria and NT.

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Adverse Action Claims On the Rise

The latest statistics released by the Fair Work Commission show a worrying increase in the number of 'adverse action' claims being lodged against Australian employers.

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Greenfleet's Newest Supporter

Becoming a formal supporter of Greenfleet's carbon offsetting program was a logical next step for us. Greenfleet has a proven record of helping Australian employers reduce their carbon footprint. And just like Workforce Guardian, they were the pioneers in their field. We're proud to be connected with their brand.

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Employee v Contractor: What You Need to Know

The Commonwealth Government has announced an increase in funding of $5m per year to the Fair Work Commission (previously known as Fair Work Australia) to ensure it can fully exercise its new powers to hear complaints about alleged workplace bullying.

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"Most claims for wrongful dismissal unsuccessful"

The Sydney Morning Herald recently published a story entitled 'Most claims for wrongful dismissal unsuccessful'. David Bates, Managing Director of Workforce Guardian, has written to the paper to highlight Workforce Guardian's concerns with the contents of their story. 

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Commission to Target 'Bullies'

The Commonwealth Government has announced an increase in funding of $5m per year to the Fair Work Commission (previously known as Fair Work Australia) to ensure it can fully exercise its new powers to hear complaints about alleged workplace bullying.

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Federal Opposition's IR Policy- Little hope for SMEs

The Federal Opposition's IR Policy for the 2013 election offers little hope for small businesses struggling with the complexities of Australia's highly re-regulated labour market.

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Unfair Dismissal - Back in the Headlines

A recent case handed down by the Fair Work Commission reminds us - once again - of the importance of following a fair process when dismissing  employees.

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Cloud Superheroes Roadshow

You're invited to attend the Cloud Superheroes Roadshow. The Cloud Superhero dream team consists of Shoeboxed Australia, Sharesight, Fathom, and Workforce Guardian. Together these heroes have joined forces to conquer the stormy confusion surrounding cloud-based SME tools. Registration is free.

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Why Policies and Procedures Matter to You

A recent decision handed down by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has provided a timely reminder to us all about the importance of good workplace policies and procedures.

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Fair Work Laws: What We Know Now

In a recent guest post for RecruitLoop, David Bates- MD of Workforce Guardian, covered Australia's Fair Work Laws: What We Know Now.

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Important Changes to the Fair Work Laws

A number of important changes to Australia's employment laws took effect on 1 January 2013.  I'd like to ensure every Workforce Guardian subscriber is aware of them.

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Avoiding Disaster at Your Firm's Christmas Party

Amazing as it may seem, it's now time to once again begin planning your end-of-year workplace party. Like most firms, you're probably planning to celebrate the holiday season with your employees either by hosting a party or arranging some other type of get-together. But beware: things can go very wrong, very quickly.

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Warning to employers - Avoiding redundancy pay

A recent Fair Work Australia (FWA) case provides a warning to employers seeking to avoid redundancy pay by securing "acceptable alternative employment" for the employee.

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Why It's Time For An Extreme HR Makeover

In a recent guest post for RecruitLoop, David Bates- MD of Workforce Guardian, covered Why It's Time For An Extreme HR Makeover.

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Modern Award & High Income Threshold Increase

Fair Work Australia has announced that the country's minimum wage workers will receive a pay rise percentage of 2.9%, starting 1st July 2012.

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Workforce Guardian & ATSA 2012

Workforce Guardian is proud to announce we are a sponsor of ATSA 2012.
We'll be present over two days at our exhibition stand where you can come and introduce yourself and speak with the team.
We will also be speaking and hope you can join us, review the programme for full details.

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New relationship with RecruitLoop

Workforce Guardian (www.workforceguardian.com.au), Australia's leading employment relations provider, has formed a strategic partnership with RecruitLoop (www.recruitloop.com.au), with its online recruitment marketplace and video interview platform now well positioned in the market.

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Paid Parental Leave - Spa Australasia

In a recent edition of its magazine, Spa Australasia ran an article about Australia's new Paid Parental Leave Scheme. This prompted a number of interesting and important questions from the magazine's readers

As seen in the last issue of Spa Australasia, David Bates, Managing Director of Workforce Guardian provides some clarification to Spa Australasia's readers regarding the new Paid Parental Leave scheme and how it will affect SMEs.

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Directors' compliance

As a company director you need to be diligent, methodical and accurate in your observance of the Fair Work Act 2009. And this includes the Modern Awards you apply to your employees and the entitlements that they receive. 

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New OHS reforms

Employers' responsibilities for OHS will be thrust further into the spotlight as the significant changes to Occupational Health and Safety Laws come into effect across Australia from 1 January 2012.

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Minimum wage increase

All businesses, no matter what their size, need to understand Australian workplace laws and observe compliance obligations. The consequences for inaction or ignorance are heavy penalties and fines.

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7-Eleven pays heavily for non-compliance

All businesses, no matter what their size, need to understand Australian workplace laws and observe compliance obligations. The consequences for inaction or ignorance are heavy penalties and fines.

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Annual Leave Loading

A new approach being taken by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) when it comes to leave loading has the potential to leave many businesses facing significant back-pay claims.

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Social Media

Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and a multitude of other social networking sites are a fact of life for millions of Australians across all generations. In these spaces, the separation between your personal life and your business or work life is becoming increasingly blurred.

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New relationship with ADP

Workforce Guardian has been appointed by ADP to provide specialised employment relations expertise to ADP clients.

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Small business definition change

With all the focus on the new Paid Parental Leave scheme that came into effect at the start of the year, many smaller businesses may have failed to note the important change to the definition of 'small business' that occurred at the same time.

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Impact of flooding on employee management

After the devastating floods across Australia, many of you are unsure of your legal rights and responsibilities in relation to your employees' working arrangements. So we've put together some useful information to keep you on the right track.

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Paid Parental Leave Headaches

The new Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme kicks off on 1 January 2011 but, unfortunately, confusion reigns thanks to a number of inconsistencies between the new scheme and the current unpaid parental leave entitlement.

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Paid Parental Leave Compliance Tips

Australia's first national Paid Parental Leave scheme, funded by the Commonwealth Government, came into effect on 1 January 2011.  With so much confusion understanding surrounding the new scheme, we've compiled our 5 top tips for compliance.

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Top 5 holiday season HR questions answered!

At this time of the year, we're always inundated with calls from employers wanting answers to some tricky HR issues over the Christmas/New Year holiday period.  I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of the top five questions and answers which you may find of use in your business.

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Avoid ER headaches at your Christmas function

With the festive season just around the corner, as an employer there are legal obligations that you need to take seriously at your party or function.

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Modern Awards breaches

Failing to apply the correct Modern Award to your employees can cost your company dearly.

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Fair Work Compliance for Directors

The Fair Work Ombudsman has put all company directors on notice that they may be held personally responsible for the actions of those  they trust to effectively manage compliance with the new Fair Work laws.

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Modern Awards Info Pack

122 new Modern Awards replaced the old state and federal Awards on 1 January 2010 and businesses are obliged to ensure that the correct Modern Award or Awards is applied to their employees.

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