FWC Announces Significant Changes to Casual and Part Time Employment

A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has today announced its long-awaited Decision in the Casual and Part-Time Employment Common Issues case which is set to dramatically affect casual work arrangements across the Australian workforce. The Decision: The

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Key Employment Law and Tax Changes for FY 2017/2018

The commencement of the new financial year will bring with it important changes to minimum wages, national unfair dismissal regulations and various tax thresholds and rates. Increases to minimum wage rates for national system employers (all states and territories, except

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Why have some of the best companies killed the performance review?

We’ve all read about it. In 2012 Adobe started a revolution by removing its annual performance review process. Others have followed: IBM, GE, Amazon, Accenture, Deloitte, Microsoft and many more. At a recent count, more than 30 of the US

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Why Culture Needs to be Part of the Plan to Grow any Business

Culture is less about glow-in-the-dark ping pong tables and free pizza than it is about “enduring values”, and despite what many founders believe, it won’t just happen naturally, says Digithos founder Dinesh Tantri. The assumption that culture will develop on its own is

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Six ways to encourage creativity at work

According to staggering new statistics, corporate leaders and executives are not living up to their creative potential at work, according to a survey conducted by Adobe. 75% of respondents believe that their companies are not as creative as they should

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Key Competencies of Future Leaders

So often a little foresight can go a long way – and now new research has been released which identifies the six key trends that will affect organisations in the coming two decades.   Hay Group’s Leadership 2030 report identifies

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How to lead change that sticks in your business

We are facing a time of unprecedented change and complexity. As business leaders, we must respond, and yet up to 70% of organisational change initiatives fail. This is a confronting figure, representing significant wasted financial and human resources. Are you part

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How an advisory board can lift your business

It takes some courage for business owners to admit they are “skills poor”. Yet that is exactly what Charlie’s Cookies directors Ken Mahlab and Jacky Magid did about five years ago, and it has helped fast-track the business. Recognising they

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Employee or Independent Contractor – No Simple Answer

The distinction between whether a worker is, at law, an independent contractor or an employee is often unclear. However, the characterisation of the working relationship is key in determining whether a worker is protected from unfair dismissal under the provisions

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Difference between a probationary period and the minimum employment period?

Probationary periods provide an opportunity to assess the employee’s suitability for the role for which they have been recruited. From the perspective of the probationary employee, there is an appreciation that that their work performance will be under review and

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