Cash Flow Assistance for Businesses

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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

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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.

Mid-Year IR Update 2018

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Mid-Year Industrial Relations Update July 2018 Increase in Award Wages The Fair Work Commission issued the Annual Wage Review decision on 1 June 2018, and increased the national minimum wage and award minimum wages by 3.5 percent. This will bring the national minimum wage to $719.20 per week, on the basis of 38 ordinary hours per week, or $18.93 per …

Smart Guide No. 7 — Employers Guide to Using Contractors

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Supporting documentation and proforma letters can be found in Tool Packs No.1 and 2. This will be indicated in the text by the following; (TP1) or (TP2). All information contained in this guide is current at time of release. Introduction Purpose of the guide Many businesses at some stage require additional resources to supplement their workforce and often the best and …

Smart Guide No. 1 — A Business Guide to the Fair Work Act

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Introduction There have been some dramatic changes in the industrial relations legislation and compliance issues which have affected businesses in Australia since 2007.  A brief history of these changes commenced in 2007 when the then Prime Minister John Howard introduced changes to the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth) (WR Act). These amendments named ‘Work Choices’ came into effect on 27 …

Smart Guide No. 2 — HR/IR Survival Guide to Business

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Introduction Surviving the current business environment in Australia is a complex combination of having a sound business with a sustainable place in the market and the staff and structures which maximise profits and minimise costs. What is often lost in this equation is the value of employee involvement and outcomes and how best to maximise this to make the most …

Smart Guide No. 3 — Handling Grievances, Disputes, Investigations and Actions

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Handling Workplace Grievances and Disputes One of the most common forms of disruption at the workplace is when a grievance or dispute occurs which disrupts the normal flow of work and affects relationships between staff and management.  Workplaces are microcosms of society in general and despite the best efforts of any organisation, there are a myriad of trigger points which …