Clerks Award Amendments — COVID-19

Joshua Easton HR/IR, Tax, WHS

On the weekend the Fair Work Commission amended the clerks flexibility provisions to insert a new schedule in regard to the COVID 19 Pandemic. The changes are from the first full pay period after the 28th March and expire 30 June unless extended. The changes in summary are: Ordinary hours of work have changed when working from home, they are …

Further Economic Support Measures — COVID-19

Bridget Parkinson Tax

The impacts of COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) continue to evolve across Australia and the rest of the globe. At bO2 we are highly focussed on the health, well-being and safety of our own staff, our customers and our stakeholders. The Federal Government’s announcement of further economic support measures, backing-up its 12 March stimulus package and the Reserve Bank of …

Cash Flow Assistance for Businesses

Joshua Easton HR/IR, Tax, WHS

Economic Response to the Coronavirus This assistance will support businesses to manage cash flow challenges and help businesses retain their employees. These two measures are designed to support employing small and medium enterprises and to improve business confidence. In addition, the wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees will help to ensure the continued development of the skilled workforce that employers …

2020 Economic Stimulus Package

Joshua Easton HR/IR, Tax, WHS

On 12.3.2020, the Federal Government announced a $17.6 billion economic plan to keep Australians in jobs, keep businesses in business and support households and the Australian economy as the world deals with the significant challenges posed by the spread of the coronavirus.

Work Christmas Parties Duty of Care and How to Avoid Disasters

Joshua Easton Tax

The festive season can be a happy and joyful time, but it can also be a period when unruly staff behaviour can ruin careers and damage working and business relationships. The festive season and end-of-year celebrations should be enjoyed, but the work Christmas party can be a source of anxiety for employers who are unsure of their obligations to their …

Social Media in the Workplace

Joshua Easton HR/IR

LEIGH’S CORNER #48 Most workplaces today have access to the internet in some form, and in many workplaces, employees spend the majority of their working day on computers, tablets or phones. With such easy online access, many tasks previously performed in the office can now be performed at any location. This increased easy access to the internet for some workplaces …

EOFY HR/IR and Workplace Issues

Joshua Easton HR/IR

Leigh’s Corner #47 The recent re-election of the Liberal and National Coalition Government (LNP) means that many of the pressures on employers foreshadowed by the Federal Labor Government in relation to significant increases in wages and penalty rates and other changes to Industrial Relations matters have eased for now. This does not mean that pressure from employees and Unions to …

The Role of a Support Person in Disciplinary Matters

Joshua Easton HR/IR

From Leigh’s Corner #46 Disciplinary meetings between employers and employees are often difficult and tense processes and many employers are not trained in dealing with difficult situations involving workplace disputes, breaches of policies and procedures and conduct that requires disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. There are some basic steps that can be followed which may alleviate some of …

Structure of Joint Commercial Property Investment Purchase

Joshua Easton Tax

Two individual persons want to buy the commercial property together for investment. We would like to know the best business structure for this use regarding tax minimisation and asset protection. Answer Here are some variables (not exhaustive) What is the gearing ratio, and will the property be negatively geared?What is the investment horizon and how long do they intend to …