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Workforce Guardian is Australia's leading HR and employment relations service for employers. We specialise in helping small to medium businesses achieve HR best-practice while complying with Australia's increasingly complex employment laws. We achieve this by providing a range of affordable and easy to use subscription based Cloud HR Systems and HR Advice Online Services. As well as a range of on-demand HR Support Services if you need them such as HR Consulting and a HR Advice Hotline. Good human resource management can help you hire, manage and exit employees confidently, in less time and at lower cost, in full compliance with Australian employment laws. As well as help you avoid big fines and expensive employee claims. Workforce Guardian can help you save money on HR with big value for small business. Subscribers gain access to a wide range of essential HR tools and resources at a fraction of the cost of developing and keeping everything up to date and compliant themselves. Such as an online employee management system, HR records management system, unlimited HR advice online, HR documents library and the industry-leading 'Contract Wizard' which allows users to create fully-compliant employment contracts and independent contractor agreements in just minutes. All downloadable employment relations content in Workforce Guardian is compliant with Commonwealth legislation and has been verified by Clayton Utz - Australia's leading independent law firm. Workforce Guardian's HR experts can represent clients in Fair Work-related proceedings, including Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) investigations and Fair Work Commission (FWC) conciliations, conferences and hearings. Where necessary, our consultants will seek leave to appear on your behalf as a 'paid agent', pursuant to the requirements of the Fair Work Act 2009. Importantly, Workforce Guardian is not a law firm and we do not provide legal advice. Workforce Guardian's advisors are experienced and qualified HR and employment relations professionals. Our advisors are not Australian Lawyers and cannot therefore engage in legal practice. Instead, we speak in plain-English and provide subscribers with practical advice and support. With Workforce Guardian, you can spend less time and money worrying about HR and more time running your business.

Who is Workforce Guardian
Australia's leading HR and employment relations service for employers. We make it easy and affordable for employers to achieve compliance with Australian employment laws such as the Fair Work Act 2009 (including the National Employment Standards), Modern Awards and Enterprise Agreements..

Trusted by Thousands
Workforce Guardian is the HR solution of choice for thousands of Australian employers, HR managers, key advisors and partners.

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Our People
Workforce Guardian employ a friendly team of qualified professionals to ensure that clients recieve excellent customer service and accurate HR services and support to ensure compliance with Australian workplace law.

Our Content - Verified by Clayton Utz
All Workforce Guardian employment relations content is compliant with Commonwealth legislation and has been verified by the Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Practice Group of Clayton Utz, Australia.

Our Technology
Workforce Guardian's utilise best of breed technology and hosting solutions to ensure maximum availability and security.

Our Insurance Cover
Workforce Guardian has strong insurance cover to protect our business. We have had no claims in our 10 years of operation.

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The Workforce Guardian Privacy Policy tells you what information we collect and keep, what we do with it, and what your rights are in relation to that information.

Terms and Conditions
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T&C's - Fee Based Support & Help Desk
Workforce Guardian Terms and Conditions for Fee Based Support and Help Desk are in addition to Subscription Terms and Conditions.

Legal Notices and Disclaimer
Workforce Guardian Pty Ltd provides legal information, not legal advice.

HR Solutions
We offer HR Solutions Australia need to hire, manage and exit employees in compliance with Australian employment law is included in Workforce Guardian's HR system and support service.

HR Solutions for Employers
Workforce Guardian believe hiring, managing and exiting workers - and ensuring a safe workplace - should be easy and affordable for every employer. That's why for 10 years we've been providing affordable and easy-to-use HR solutions to help Australian employers manage people efficiently and effectively. And in full-compliance with Australian employment laws.

HR Solutions for Key Advisors
Workforce Guardian provide affordable and easy-to-use HR solutions to help key advisors, such as HR managers, accountants and bookkeepers, achieve full-compliance with Australian employment laws and avoid personal fines if their client breaches Australian employment laws such as the Fair Work Act 2009.

HR Solutions for Partners
Workforce Guardian believe hiring, managing and exiting workers successfully - and ensuring a safe workplace - should be easy and affordable for every employer. That's why for 10 years Workforce Guardian has been providing affordable, industry-leading, HR solutions to help Australian employers manage people efficiently and effectively.

HR Systems
Designed for Australian employers and delivered as an annual subscription based software-as-a-service Workforce Guardian Cloud HR Systems offer big value for business with a wide range of features to help you save money on HR and reduce the risks of big penalties and expensive employee claims.

Which HR System is best for you?
Compare Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service subscription types to find the best solution for your business.

Product Tour
In just 6 minutes you'll see how easy it is to become Fair Work compliant. Watch Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service product tour.

HR ESSENTIAL
HR ESSENTIAL is best for employers who need an entry-level HR and WHSM solution, PLUS unlimited HR advice online.

HR PROFESSIONAL
HR PROFESSIONAL is best for employers who need a comprehensive HR and WHS solution, PLUS unlimited HR advice online and by phone.

HR PLATINUM
HR PLATINUM is best for employers who need a comprehensive HR and WHS solution, unlimited HR advice online and by phone, PLUS "up to 10 hours" of outsourced HR support.

Comparison Table
Compare the features of Workforce Guardian subscription types.

HR Services
Workforce Guardian provide HR services to help Australian employers to achieve compliance with Australian workplace laws and to achieve HR best practice. Services such as HR Advice Online Service, HR Advice Phone Service and HR Consulting Service: Enterprise Agreements, Employment Handbooks, Education and Training, Conference Speaking and more.

HR Advice Online Service
Our HR Advice Online service - which is built in to HR Essential, HR Professional, and HR Platinum, and which is available as a stand-alone service for bookkeepers, accountants, and business advisors - provides you with access to unlimited answers to HR-related questions within two working days.

HR Advice Hotline Service
Workforce Guardian HR Advice Hotline provides access to HR and employment relations specialists for immediate help in clarifying a point of employment law or workplace regulation.

Outsourced HR Support
Workforce Guardian's premium HR Platinum subscription includes "Up to 10 hours" of outsourced HR support which can include any combination of our HR Advice Hotline, HR Consulting Services or the services below.

HR Consulting Service
Workforce Guardian's consulting service provides affordable employment relations expertise. We resolve HR issues, minimise damage and risk and help ensure ongoing compliance with the Fair Work Act 2009 and any applicable Modern Awards.

HR Talks and Webinars
Workforce Guardian can provide informative and entertaining HR Talks and Webinars for you and your members/clients.

HR Training & Education
Workforce Guardian provides expertise in online and face-to-face training on the Fair Work Act 2009 as well as HR processes like recruitment and performance management. Supported by the HR documentation and processes available through the Workforce Guardian service, these courses give business owners and managers hands-on training to deal with every-day employment issues.

Conference Speaking
As specialists in human resources and the Fair Work system, our team of experts is in constant demand. We provide speakers for industry events and business functions and can even tailor workshops and programs to meet your requirements. Workforce Guardian's specialists speak in clear, plain English to ensure you and your colleagues understand your legal obligations.

Enterprise Agreements
With Workforce Guardian, you can create an Enterprise Agreement that works for you, your business and your employees. Enterprise Agreements allow you to replace multiple Awards in your workplace with one easy to understand agreement specifically tailored to meet the needs of your business.

Option 1 - DIY Enterprise Agreements

Option 2 - DIY EA with support as you need it

Option 3 - Outsourced EA Packs

Employment Handbooks
Employment Handbooks are an excellent way to communicate key corporate information with your employees. Documenting workplace policies and procedures in an easy-to-understand handbook ensures that every one of your employees receives exactly the same information about your workplace. Employment Handbooks assist in ensuring policies and procedures are applied consistently across your business.

Representation at Fair Work related proceedings
Workforce Guardian's HR experts can represent clients in Fair Work-related proceedings, including Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) investigations and Fair Work Commission (FWC) conciliations, conferences and hearings.

Features
Workforce Guardian online HR system and support service include a wide range of features and benefits to help hire, manage and dismiss employees, candidates, independent contractors and volunteers.

Alerts
Manage reminders for important events such as performance reviews, end of probation periods, etc.

Administration Centre
The Admin section in Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service allows subscribers to setup and control the system.

Company Files Management
Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service allows employers to store and manage company HR records securely online.

Compliance Audit Trail
Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service includes tools to help employers record and manage lincenses for employees, candidates, contractors and volunteers.

Dashboard
Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service allows employers to manage people with confidence. Create unlimited personnel files for Employees, Candidates, Contractors and Volunteers.

Employment Contracts
Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service enables employers to create compliant employment contracts and offer letters quickly and easily through a dynamic contract wizard.

HR Advice Online

HR Best Practice & Compliance
Workforce Guardian personnel files include a tab for "HR Best Practice and Compliance". The checklist in this section allows users to monitor the compliance of each employee. Workforce Guardian automatically calculates the compliance percentage for each employee and displays this conveniently in the profile header.

HR Documents Library

HR Health Checks

HIRING Processes
The HIRING Process modules in Workforce Guardian online HR system and support service include tools and resources to help you hire people efficiently and in full compliance with Australian employment laws.

MANAGING Processes
The MANAGING Process modules in Workforce Guardian online HR system and support service include everything you need to manage employees with confidence and in full compliance with Australian employment laws.

EXITING Processes
he EXITING Process modules in Workforce Guardian online HR system and support service include everything you need to exit employees with confidence and in full compliance with Australian employment laws.

SAFETY Processes
Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service includes Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) Management tools to help employers achieve WHS best-practice and compliance with Australian laws.

HR Management Registers
The Human Resources Management (HR) Registers in Workforce Guardian online HR system and support service allow subscribers to manage their HR records online.

HR Policies
Workforce Guardian includes a full HR Policies Library to help employers ensure compliance with Australian employment laws.

HR Records Management
Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service allows employers to centrally manage personnel records electronically.

Independent Contractor Agreements
Workforce Guardian enables employers to create independent contractor agreements through a dynamic contract wizard.

Licenses Management
Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service includes tools to help employers record and manage lincenses for employees, candidates, contractors and volunteers.

Modern Awards Lookup

Notes
Track important events such as disciplinary discussions, safety incidents, etc.

People Management
Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service allows employers to manage people with confidence. Create unlimited personnel files for Employees, Candidates, Contractors and Volunteers.

Performance Management
Workforce Guardian include tools to help you manage employee performance.

Sample Position Descriptions
A good position description helps describe the skills and competencies that are needed to perform each role. Position descriptions can help attract qualified applicants and simply the resume review process.

Single Enterprise Agreements
Workforce Guardian enables employers to create single enterprise agreements quickly and easily through a dynamic contract wizard.

Support Centre
Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service includes a Customer Support Centre to help subscribers.

Training Management
Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service allows employers to create unlimited volunteer files and safely store and manage HR records for volunteers securely online.

Working with Children
Each state and territory government has laws which set out the legal responsibilities of both organisatons and individuals who work - or otherwise have contact - with children.

Workplace Health and Safety Management
Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service includes Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) Management tools to help employers achieve WHS best-practice and compliance with Australian laws.

WH&S Management Registers
The Work Health & Safety Management (WHSM) Registers in Workforce Guardian online HR system and support service allow subscribers to manage their WHSM records online. Used correctly, Workforce Guardian WHSM Registers can help you to achieve WHSM best-practice and full-compliance with WHSM laws.

Benefits
Workforce Guardian makes it easy and affordable for businesses to achieve compliance with Australian workplace laws and to manage employees with confidence.

Achieve Full HR Compliance

Achieve best-practice HR management

Avoid big fines and expensive claims
Workforce Guardian HR solutions can help you reduce the risks of expensive, damaging employee claims and substantial fines or penalties for breaches to Australian workplace laws if used correctly.

Avoid personal fines for accessorial liability
Workforce Guardian HR solutions can help key advisors, such as HR managers, accountants and bookkeepers, avoid being held personnaly liable as an accessory if their employer breaches the Fair Work Act 2009.

Create compliant contracts in minutes
Create compliant employment contracts, agreements and offer letters quickly and easily through a dynamic contract wizard. Designed to ensure compliance with the Fair Work Act 2009 - all content has been verified by Clayton Utz, one of Australia's leading law firms. Contract types include: Award-covered employee contract, Award-free employee contract, Independent contractor agreements, Enterprise Agreements.

Gain peace of mind with full compliance
All content is compliant with Commonwealth legislation and which has been verified by the Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Practice Group of Clayton Utz.

Get HR advice when you need it
Workforce Guardian's online HR system and support service includes unlimited employment relations advice online to help employers get the HR advice they need when they need it at a price that small business can afford.

Safely store all your HR records online
Create unlimited employee files and upload all your HR documents to one secure location to ensure they can be quickly and easily found when you need them.

Save time & money creating HR documents
Workforce Guardian online HR system and support service enables subscribers to save time & money creating HR documents such as Employment Contracts, HR Letters & Templates, HR Policies, HR Forms HR Guides and Checklists.

Save time and money on HR

Simplify employee management processes
Workforce Guardian online HR system and support service enables subscribers to access step by step HR Process Flowcharts to help guide you when hiring, managing and exiting employees to ensure compliance with Australian employment laws such as the Fair Work Act 2009, Independent Contractors Act 2006 and relevant Workplace Health & Safety legislation.

Who We Help
Workforce Guardian help a wide range of employers to ensure compliance with Australian workplace laws and to manage employees with confidence. We help: Small to Medium Businesses, Micro Businesses, Enterprises, Government, Associations, Franchises

Small to Medium Businesses
Many small to medium businesses cannot afford to employ a full time HR professional. Workforce Guardian provide an affordable and simple to use online HR system and support service to help employers manage people in compliance with Australian employment law such as the Fair Work Act 2009.

Micro Businesses
Workforce Guardian is also an easy and cost-effective service for managing even just one employee in your business, even where that employee has been with you for some time.

Associations
Workforce Guardian helps associations and their members to achieve best-practice HR management and full-compliance with Australian employment laws such as the Fair Work Act 2009.

Franchisors and Franchisees
Workforce Guardian helps franchisors and their franchisees to achieve best-practice HR management and full-compliance with Australian employment laws such as the Fair Work Act 2009.

Accountants & Bookkeepers
Workforce Guardian work with accountants, bookkeepers and other professionals such as business advisers to provide HR solutions for their small to medium business clients.

Enterprise & Government
Workforce Guardian provides enterprise solutions to help bigger businesses manage HR.

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Partners
Workforce Guardian partners with leading Australian companies, associations, accountants, bookkeepers and business advisors to help connect small to medium businesses with affordable and easy to use HR solutions so they can get on with the job of running their business without being hamstrung by compliance obligations.

White Label HR Systems
Associations and Franchise Groups can help members ensure full compliance with Australian employment laws with white label HR systems powered by Workforce Guardian.

Our Partners
Workforce Guardian partners with leading Australian companies, associations, accountants, bookkeepers and business advisor's to deliver maximum value to our clients such as Telstra, ADP, Xero, MYOB, Switzer, Elders, The Intermedia Group, HR national, The Lottery Agents' Association, Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, Customer Owned Banking Association, The Post Office Agents Association and more.

Telstra Business
Workforce Guardian is the only cloud based HR system recommended by Telstra, Australia's leading telecommunications and information services company. Small to medium businesses can bundle Workforce Guardian with their Telstra bill via T-Suite.

ADP Australia/New Zealand
Workforce Guardian partners with ADP for payroll and accounting and employment relations compliance in the cloud.

Xero
Workforce Guardian partners with Xero for integrated accounting and employment relations compliance in the cloud.

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers is the largest bookkeeping institute in the world.

HR national
Founded in 2006, HR national has grown to become one of the most respected HR Consulting, Recruitment & Career Management Services in Australia.

Jim's Bookkeeping
Jim's Bookkeeping recommends Workforce Guardian

Intermedia Group
Intermedia provides one of the most comprehensive and targeted B2B advertising networks in Australia, falling within 12 vertical markets and employing over 140 qualified and highly successful editors, journalists, developers, sales staff, and event specialists who 'live and breathe' their industry.

Elders Insurance Agents Association
Elders Insurance Agents Association and Workforce Guardian have partnered to bring you the following free HR webinars. Learn how to manage employees with confidence and ensure compliance with Australian employment laws to help improve your business and reduce the risk of expensive fines and big employee claims.

Customer Owned Banking Association
The Customer Owned Banking Association, formerly Abacus Australian Mutuals, is the industry advocate for Australia's customer owned banking sector. It is owned by its 100 member institutions: 82 credit unions, 7 building societies, 10 mutual banks and 1 other; and represents 13 friendly societies though the Friendly Societies of Australia and a number of affiliate members.

Lottery Retailers Association
Workforce Guardian and The Lottery Retailers Association (LRA - formerly Lottery Agents' Association) have a strong partnership, providing LRA members with access to professional and practical everyday HR advice and support via Workforce Guardian.

POAAL
The Post Office Agents Association Limited (POAAL) is the industry organisation for the owner/operators of Licensed Post Offices (3000+), Community Postal Agents (640+) Community Mail Agents (135+) and Australia Post Mail Contractors (3000+).

AGHA
Workforce Guardian provides the AGHA Workplace Advice Line and AGHA HR systems and support services to benefit AGHA members.

Switzer
Workforce Guardian is the HR Expert to Switzer. Founded by Peter Switzer – one of Australia’s leading business and financial commentators – Switzer providers information and services to help Australia’s personal investment and small business community.

Global Business Camps
Global Business Camps providee intensive business programs, specifically designed to help small to medium enterprises grow their business and create lifestyle for their owners.

Countplus MBT
MBT refers Workforce Guardian for employment relations compliance.

Smithink2020
Smithink 2020 was first formed in September 2011 by merging the consulting company and business coaching company FMRC Smithink with the member- based business advisory body 2020 Asia Pacific.

Hattam McCarthy Reeves
Hattam McCarthy Reeves recommend Workforce Guardian HR Solutions

Bentleys
Bentleys Melbourne refers Workforce Guardian for employment relations compliance.

Added Value Corporation
Added Value Corporation provides a special type of advice for small to medium accounting practices and actively promotes Workforce Guardian.

Advantage
Advantage Accounting refers Workforce Guardian to clients for employment relations compliance help.

Hockley & McClelland
Workforce Guardian partners with Hockley and McClelland

Jaquillard Minns
Jaquillard Minns provides services to clients by way of value adding to progressive companies, and by providing analysis and recommended improvements or solutions in relation to particular problems or issues.

MSP Photography
MSP Photography are experienced school photography professionals with over 30 franchisees throughout Australia.

Accounting North
Accounting North provider of chartered accounting services on the Sunshine Coast.

GC Accountants
GC Accountants are a Newcastle based offering a wide range of personal financial services tailored for individuals and businesses.

Liston Landers
Liston Landers refers Workforce Guardian to its clients for specialist employment relations compliance.

Shirley Farrell - HR Management Services
HR Management Services partners with small, medium and growing businesses to create workplaces where employees are respected and valued for the contribution they make. Through collaboration and a shared vision, our clients achieve high levels of employee engagement which results in superior business performance.

Phillipsons
Phillipsons' professional team of business consultants work with a diverse range of enterprises to optimise financial, operational and personnel performance.

Trumans
Trumans is a respected accounting firm of Chartered Accountants with offices located in Chatswood and Katoomba.

Moore Stephens
Moore Stephens firms are long-standing members of their local business communities and specialise in providing highly personalised, expert and commercially astute assurance, accounting, tax and advisory services to their clients.

Indigo Financial
Indigo Financial was formed on 9th of May 2005 by John Tsoulos and Nathan Kentish.

Premium Advisers
Premium Advisers are proud partners with Workforce Guardian

Partners
Workforce Guardian partners include Telstra, ADP, Xero, MYOB, Switzer, Elders, The Intermedia Group, HR national, The Lottery Agents' Association, Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, Customer Owned Banking Association, The Post Office Agents Association and more.

Partner Testimonials
Read what our partners say about Workforce Guardian

Partner Resources
Partner Resources for download

Download a HR Solutions Partner Application Form
Workforce Guardian is Australia’s leading online employment relations subscription service for Fair Work compliance.

Exclusive Major Partner Benefits

Resources
Free Human Resource Company Online to help employers understand their compliance obligations under Australian employment law such as the Fair Work Act 2009.

Blog
Latest HR and employment relations news for Australian employers - powered by Workforce Guardian.

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

Social Media
Workforce Guardian can help you manage social media in your workplace. We can help you leverage social media as well as provide an effective social media policy.

Small business definition change
The small business definition change means that as of 1 January 2011, only businesses that employ fewer than 15 employees - by simple headcount - qualify as a small business when an employee makes an unfair dismissal claim.

Impact of flooding on employee management
Australia's floods impact employee management

New relationship with ADP
Workforce Guardian now provides specialised employment relations expertise to ADP clients.

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.

Top 5 holiday season HR questions answered!
Avoid Christmas party headaches with Workforce Guardian's handy tips.

Paid Parental Leave Headaches
Australia’s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme that comes into effect on 1 January 2011 is already creating headaches!

Avoid ER headaches at your Christmas function
Avoid Christmas party headaches with Workforce Guardian's handy tips.

Modern Awards breaches
All employment contracts and documentation you generate from Workforce Guardian comply with the Modern Awards.

Modern Awards Info Pack
Workforce Guardian has Modern Awards covered in our free Info Pack.

Fair Work Compliance for Directors
Workforce Guardian helps small and medium sized business meet Fair Work compliance obligations.

7-Eleven pays heavily for non-compliance
The operators of a 7-Eleven franchise in Victoria were ordered to pay penalties of $150,000 for a number of breaches to employment laws relating to underpayment and record keeping.

Minimum wage increase
The country’s minimum wage workers will receive a pay rise of $19.40 a week from 1 July 2011, increasing the federal weekly minimum wage to $589.30 ($15.51 an hour).

New OHS reforms
New OHS reforms are set for January 2012. As an employer, it's important that you review your OHS policies now.

Directors' compliance
All business owners can become personally liable for decisions you make in your capacity as director of a company - so it is critical that you fully understand your obligations.

Paid Parental Leave - Spa Australasia
In a previous publication, Spa Australasia covered Paid Parental Leave, which raised some interesting questions from its readers. Spa Australasia consulted David Bates, Managing Director of Workforce Guardian to provide further clarification around Paid Parental Leave.

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.

Workforce Guardian & ATSA 2012
Workforce Guardian is proud to announce we are a sponsor of ATSA 2012. Venue - Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre ~ Darling Drive, Darling Harbour, Sydney

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Unfair Dismissal - Back in the Headlines
Unfair Dismissal Back in the Headlines

Federal Opposition's IR Policy- Little hope for SMEs
Unfair Dismissal Back in the Headlines

Commission to Target 'Bullies'
Commission to Target ‘Bullies’

"Most claims for wrongful dismissal unsuccessful"
'Most claims for wrongful dismissal unsuccessful'

Employee v Contractor: What You Need to Know
Employee v Contractor: What You Need to Know

Greenfleet's Newest Supporter
Workforce Guardian Becomes Greenfleet’s Newest Supporter

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.

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.

Enterprise Agreements & Better Off Overall Test
Enterprise Agreements & Better Off Overall Test

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

Launch of HR Advice Online
Workforce Guardian today launched the latest service from Workforce Guardian: HR Advice Online.

Largest Ever Penalty Imposed
The penalty announced by the court is the largest ever imposed in NSW against an employer as a result of prosecution initiated by the FWO.

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

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

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.

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.

Mobile phones a problem in your workplace?
Here are 4 easy ways you can take control of mobile phone use in your workplace.

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'.

Unfair dismissals reach new peak

November Newsletter now available
Read the November edition of the Workforce Guardian Newsletter here!

Need more flexibility?
Many employers are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of flexibility provided by the Fair Work laws. Individual Flexibility Arrangements (IFAs) could be the answer. Read Workforce Guardian's latest article in The Switzer Daily.

New Bullying Laws
New Bullying Laws. Read our latest article in Spa Australasia magazine.

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.

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.

December Newsletter now available
Read the December 2013 edition of the Workforce Guardian Newsletter here!

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

New Xero API
Quickly and easily import data from your Xero account to Workforce Guardian.

Alert: National audits of fast food outlets commence
HR compliance solutions for fast food outlets

4 simple steps to HR success in 2014
4 simple steps to HR success in 2014

How to Avoid HR Disaster in 2014
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.

300 retailers earmarked for scrutiny
300 retailers earmarked for scrutiny by Fair Work Inspectors

January Newsletter now available
Latest HR News - powered by Workforce Guardian

Biggest HR problem in Australia
The biggest HR problem in Australia: unscrupulous lawyers

Workforce Guardian to visit 20 cities in 23 days with Xero Roadshows
Workforce Guardian to visit 20 cities in 23 days with Xero Roadshows February 2014

The immunity thats not an immunity
The immunity that’s not an immunity

Disclaimer
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.

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.

Redefine your HR processes with our fully automated information management system
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Drive human resources efficiency with our custom built information management software
Try our product demonstrations before you buy. Otherwise, if you’re ready to take the next step with our human resource information management software, call us to arrange a quote.

The Fair Work Commission - another sorry saga
The Fair Work Commission: another sorry saga

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

Fine for underpaying medical centre staff

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...

End to end human resource management with Workforce Guardian
For an end-to-end human resource management information system, you can’t go past Workforce Guardian’s iron clad guarantee. Call us today to arrange a quote.

Toyota Material Handling fined almost $50,000
Toyota Material Handling fined almost $50,000

Is the Abbott Government making it easier for employers
David Bates, Managing Director of Workforce Guardian, has been appointed to the Switzer team of experts.

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.

New Bullying Laws - Is your business protected?
Important changes were made to the Fair Work Act 2009 on 1 January 2014 regarding workplace bullying.

General store operators fined $45,000
Toyota Material Handling fined almost $50,000

Workforce Guardian’s state of the art human resource management software
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Former company director fined $28,000 over underpayment of eight employees
Former company director fined $28,000 over underpayment of eight employees

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.

COSBOA welcomes Workforce Guardian as new partner
The Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) today welcomed Workforce Guardian as a new major partner and sponsor for the COSBOA Business Leaders Dinner.

Easter is fast approaching
Easter is fast approaching

Junior Wages Rates
Changes to Junior Wages Rates and Minimum Award Wages

COSBOA Dinner raises important HR issues
Workforce Guardian recently sponsored the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA) Business Leaders Dinner in Canberra.

Cloudbiz 2014

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 that became part of the Fair Work Act 2009 on 1 January this year.

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

Cafe operators face court

Restaurant penalised for age discrimination and record-keeping law breaches
Cleaners allegedly had $130,000 unlawfully deducted from their wages

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?

April Newsletter now available
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Heartbleed Safe Site
Workforce Guardian is Heartbleed Site Safe

Why written employment contracts matter
Why written employment contracts matter

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.”

Spotlight on retail hospitality businesses
Fair Work Ombudsman inspectors are targeting local retailers and hospitality businesses to ensure they are paying correct wage rates.

May Newsletter now available
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Need savings Joe? Axe the Fair Work shambles
"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 in his latest article for Switzer

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.

Human Resource Information Management System
For more information on getting the best Human Resource Information Management System, simply contact Workforce Guardian on 1300 659 563 or submit an online enquiry form on our official website.

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.

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.

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

Trade unions still living in Twilight Zone
The latest example of Australia's unions living in a world of fantasy and make believe can be found in The International Trade Union Confederation's (ITUC) 2014 'Global Rights Index'. This publication purports to assign a score of 1-5+ to countries based on how well they protect the rights of workers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Human Resource Information System Software
At Workforce Guardian, we have various HR systems for you to choose from, depending on the size and nature of your company, your needs and your budget. We also have a wide range of HR services and HR Solutions on offer.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Human Resources Information Systems Software
To get the best Human Resources Information Systems Software, simply contact Workforce Guardian HR Solutions on 1300 659 563 or fill in and submit our online contact form and we will get back to you promptly.

RSL guilty of Fair Work Act breaches
RSL guilty of Fair Work Act breaches

Coffee shop pays compensation to overseas worker sacked for querying wages
Coffee shop pays compensation to overseas worker sacked for querying wages

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).

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

Organize Your Company with Human Resources Information Systems Software
To get the best Human Resources Information Systems Software, simply contact Workforce Guardian HR Solutions on 1300 659 563 or fill in and submit our online contact form

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.

Presentation to ICB and Open Colleges Event
HR Issues - is this a bookkeepers job? Presentation to ICB & Open Colleges Event by David Bates Workforce Guardian

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.

Bash Bug Safe Site
Workforce Guardian HR Systems are Shellshock/Bash Bug Safe Site

Unfair Dismissal v Adverse Action
Unfair Dismissal v Adverse Action

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

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

Workforce Guardian at Xero
Xero Roadshows 2014

Workforce Guardian at Telstra Your Business Expo
Come and see what's new in Australia's leading HR and employment relations service for employers at the Telstra Your Business Expo in Perth on October 16 and 17.

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

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. What this upgrade means for our users is over 100 new or improved features to help you manage HR better. More features to help you save time and money, more features to help you avoid big fines and expensive employee claims and more features to help you maximise the performance of your people.

October Newsletter now available
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Tips for managing information

Whats hot in accounting technology at ATSA 2014
The Savvy Accountant talks to leading technology companies (including Workforce Guardian) at ATSA 2014 (the Accountants' Technology Showcase Australia) about what's hot in accounting technology.

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

5 simple steps to avoid HR disasters at your work Christmas Party
Follow these 5 simple and easy steps to avoid HR disasters at your work Christmas Party.

New Benefit - Sample Position Decriptions

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.

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.

Happy Customer: National Infrastructure Solutions

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.

Seasons Greetings: December Newsletter
Seasons Greetings: Workforce Guardian Newsletter - December 2014 is now available!

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Shopping Centre Trolley Collection Providers Fined
Court imposes $190,000 penalties over exploitation of overseas trolley collectors

3 hot HR Tips for 2015

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?!

Massage business prosecuted for sham contracting

Review of Employment Laws Announced

Fair Work Inspectors target NSW Mid-North Coast

How to get the best from your H.R.I. System Software
With Workforce Guardian in your corner you get Unlimited HR advice on line at a price all small businesses can easily afford.

What happened to Fair Work

Gold Coast restaurant fined $84,500

Hotel Housekeepers Underpaid

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.

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

Outsourcing HR if you own a small business
Outsourcing HR for small business has become a popular choice for the small business owner not wanting his own dedicated HR department.

FWO targets clothing retailers

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.

Fair Work inspectors target employers of backpackers on working holidays

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.)

Why your business needs hris
By installing a hris system software package from Workforce Guardian you can save money and protect confidential information.

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.

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.

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.

Episode 1 - Employment Contracts
Jen has built up a successful business. She's busy and needs help to manage day to day operations, including people. That's when we meet Frank. Frank is the successful candidate for the new job. But things may be off to a shaky start without an employment contract.

HR Advice Online Case History Now Available
Workforce Guardian's HR Advice Online Service now includes a detailed case history of forms submitted.

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.

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?

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.)

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”?!

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.

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?

$4.8m back-pay for aged care workers

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?!

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.

Annual Wage Review 2015
The Fair Work Commission has this afternoon awarded the nation's award-reliant workers a 2.5% increase, lifting the national minimum wage by $16, in this year's annual wage review ruling.

Fair Work and HR -What every bookkeeper should know
Fair Work and HR: What every bookkeeper should know. ICB Conference presentation in March 2015

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?!

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.

A look at human resource information system software
The recruiting aspect of Human resource information system software allows your business to recruit new staff, or to at least take advantage of time to accumulate the resumes of prospective staff if a position becomes available.

10 Ways You’re Accidentally Breaking Employment Law

Paid Parent Leave mistake costs employer $170,000

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.

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).

What does a human resource management information system do?

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.

Melbourne business operator fined $228,000

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.)

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.

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.

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.

Whats New: Recent Updates

How to respond to union threats
How to respond to union threats

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

7-Eleven operator faces Court over underpayments

Sydney manufacturing company and its Director face court after allegedly paying workers as little as $8 an hour
ABCO Plastics at Guildford and its Company Director face court after allegedly paying workers as little as $8 an hour

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whats New: September 2015
Workforce Guardian is regularly updated to ensure subscribers always have access to fully compliant HR tools and resources, as well as up to date information about Australian employment laws in plain English.

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

WG talks about 7-Eleven Prosecutions for Underpayments and Trade Unions Royal Commission
David Bates from Workforce Guardian talks to Peter Switzer on Sky News about 7-Eleven prosecutions for underpayments and Trade Unions Royal Commission (Broadcast Tuesday 29 September 2015.)

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.

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.

$10k in fines for underpaying worker
Ever Australia Pty Ltd – which manufactures and sells ugg boots and other products under the ‘Ever UGG’ brand – has been fined $8500. The company’s operator and majority owner, Strathfield man Yue Hua Liu, has been fined a further $2550. The Fair Work Ombudsman took legal action after the employee lodged a request for assistance. The employee was subsequently back-paid in full.

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.

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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Baiada to pay $500,000 to contractors

Swinburne University fined for breaching Fair Work Act

Spot checks for 250 Queensland businesses

Big rise in general protections claims

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

5 Tips to Avoid HR Disasters at Your Work Christmas Party
5 tips to avoid Work Christmas Party Disasters

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).

More 7-Eleven stores face court

Finally some light at the end of the tunnel
Read latest Switzer Blog by Workforce Guardian - 13 January 2016.

Fair Work Inspectors target health care and social assistance industry
Fair Work Inspectors target health care and social assistance industry

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).

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.

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.

Another 7-Eleven store prosecuted

Take-away food outlet prosecuted

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.

$300,000-plus for harassed worker

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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).

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter March 2016 now available!
The latest Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter is now available!

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.

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.

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?

IPA SA Professional Symposium 2016

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.

$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.

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.

$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.

Sky News Interview - 12 April 2016
The 7-Eleven fiasco is only the tip of the iceberg. Workforce Guardian's David Bates joins Switzer TV to talk about Australia's problematic workplace laws.

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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)

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’.

$214,200 penalty for 7-Eleven operator

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. With a focus on businesses located in the Barossa Valley, Gawler and Two Wells until the end of June.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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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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.

McDonald's underpaying employees up to 30% below award
McDonald's underpaying employees up to 30% below award

Over 25% of Hobart employers not compliant

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.

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.

Coles Given 10 Days to Fix Fair Work Failures

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.

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.

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.

Record penalties and landmark Order making businessman personally liable for back-payments
A federal judge has imposed record penalties and a precedent-setting Court Order for a businessman to personally back-pay employees following a case involving the "calculated and deliberate" underpayment of security guards on the Gold Coast.

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.

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.

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.

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.

$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.

Back-pay for almost 250 restaurant staff

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.

Sky News Interview - 12 July 2016
A recent survey shows that up to 55% of businesses are not fully compliant with their obligations to employees under current workplace laws. To discuss this shortfall is Switzer's 'workplace' expert David Bates (broadcast Tuesday July 12, 2016).

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.

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.

Penalties for trolley collector contractors
$90,000 penalties for trolley collector contractors

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.

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.

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 accidents' and you'll quickly see that this popular game is no laughing matter for employers.

$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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?’.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

124000 in penalties for underpayment of charity collector in Sydney
$124,000 in penalties for underpayment of charity collector in Sydney

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter December 2016 now available!
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter January 2017 now available!
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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.

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.

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).

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.

$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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

$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.

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.

Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter February 2017
Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter February 2017

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.

Changes to Penalty Rates: What You Need to Know
The Fair Work Commission has announced important changes to Sunday and public holiday penalty rates payable to employees working in specific industries.

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.

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.

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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HR Health Check for Australian Businesses. This simple questionnaire will help you determine whether you’re meeting your obligations under Australia’s increasingly complex employment laws and achieving HR best-practice.

Fair Work Liability Check For Key Advisors
Under section 550 of the Fair Work Act 2009, key business advisors such as accountants and bookkeepers can be held personally liable as an ‘accessory’ for their clients’ breaches of Australian employment law. Workforce Guardian's simple 12 point Fair Work Liability Check will confirm whether you’re exposed to potential penalties of up to $54,000 for each of your own and your clients’ breaches of Australian employment law.

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ADP Payroll and Workforce Guardian have formed a partnership to provide ADP Payroll clients with access to Australia's leading HR and employment relations service for employers.

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Comparison Table: ADP HR Systems
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Workforce Guardian Professional is our complete, secure and centralised employee management system. Available as a monthly direct debit through ADP, the service gives you hands-on HR tools and practical know-how with step by step processes to guide you through all your HR needs.

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Workforce Guardian Professional is our complete, secure and centralised employee management system. Available as a monthly direct debit through ADP, the service gives you hands-on HR tools and practical know-how with step by step processes to guide you through all your HR needs.

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Register below for a live demonstration of Workforce Guardian from ADP. To discover how our annual subscription based online HR systems help employers to achieve HR compliance and best-practice HR management.

ADP HR Webinars 2015
Workforce Guardian is hosting a dedicated 10-part webinar series focusing on the key things every employer needs to know about HR and the Fair Work laws.

AIM Bookkeeping
AIM Bookkeeping and Workforce Guardian have formed a partnership to provide AIM Bookkeeping clients with access to Australia's leading HR and employment relations service for employers.

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Workforce Guardian is a proud supporter of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

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IPA HR Webinars
IPA HR Webinars are run by Workforce Guardian to help IPA members and their clients understand what every employer needs to know about HR and the Fair Work laws.

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Jim's Bookkeeping and Workforce Guardian have formed a partnership to provide Jim's Bookkeeping franchisees and their clients with access to Australia's leading HR and employment relations service for employers.

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Workforce Guardian and The Lottery Retailers Association (LRA - formerly Lottery Agents Association) have formed a partnership to provide LRA members, including over 700 Tattersall's and Intralot agencies, with access to professional and practical everyday HR advice and support.

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Workforce Guardian and MYOB have formed a partnership to deliver a range of HR benefits to MYOB customers.

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Imagine being able to hire, manage and exit employees confidently, in less time and at lower cost, in full compliance with Australian workplace laws. With Telstra HR Systems you can!

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In just 6 minutes you'll see how easy it is to become Fair Work compliant. Watch Telstra Cloud HR Systems Product Tour.

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Workforce Guardian and Xero have formed a partnership to deliver a range of HR benefits to Xero customers.

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Workforce Guardian's premium HR Platinum subscription includes "Up to 10 hours" of outsourced HR support which can include any combination of the services below.

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HR Advice Online Value Report
The 2015 Workforce Guardian HR Advice Online 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.

HR Professional Value Report
The 2015 Workforce Guardian HR Professional 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.

HR Essential Value Report
The 2015 Workforce Guardian HR Essential 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.

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.

Workforce Guardian vs Employsure
Workforce Guardian vs Employsure. Compare the features and see for yourself why Workforce Guardian is the HR solution of choice for thousands of Australian employers.

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The Blind Manufacturers’ Association of Australia and Workforce Guardian have formed a partnership to provide The Blind Manufacturers’ Association of Australia members with access to Australia's leading HR and employment relations service for employers.

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