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PENALTY RATE CUTS: THE NEXT STEPS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) threw down the gauntlet last Thursday when they agreed to cutting Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. The FWC will be implementing changes from March onwards. If you’re a business owner operating in the hospitality, restaurant, fast-food, retail or pharmacy industries, how can you make sure your business doesn’t suffer?…

The HR tasks to complete in January for a successful 2017

In our day-to day-jobs, we’re pulled towards the fastest approaching deadline or the biggest crisis. So for savvy business owners and managers, January is the perfect time to take stock and set your HR priorities for the year. When half your staff are at the beach, they’re not standing in your office demanding attention. This…

Mining company hits $2 million hole in payroll.

A Victorian mining company has stumbled into one of the largest payouts in the Fair Work Ombudsman’s history. The Ombudsman ruled that Deepcore Australia underpaid 205 employees across regional Victoria and Queensland a total of $2.09 million. What makes this story significant is not just the size of the payout: it’s that this massive liability…

How to save on labour costs: grab that low-hanging fruit

So many HR managers concentrate on the long game, missing serious savings that are right in front of us. We think that any return on investment — whether that’s overhauling processes or acquiring new software — will take at least five years to pay off. When HR managers focus on the long game, they’re thinking…

Are your remote staff still working?

When your business is expanding to multiple locations, good culture and communication are the foundation for growth. But to keep your business functioning, the wheels need to be turning above ground too. Productivity will always count. So how to do you keep an eye on performance when you can’t be there in person? Track staff…

Why culture is key to getting the most from Gen Y at work

Generation Y will make up 40 percent of the world’s workforce in a few years. So if you haven’t figured out how to get the most from your Gen Y employees, now is the time to do it. Last post we talked about how to get Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y to work…

Don’t be the next 7-Eleven: how to test your labour budget

7-Eleven is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. A recent Four Corners investigation highlighted claims that they’ve underpaid staff over several years. 7-Eleven is scrambling to buy out franchisees, and has promised to overhaul its fundamental business model. Amidst the barrage of criticism, the most telling comment was from Alan Fels — former head…

The five hurdles of pharmacy payroll

Making it to the end of a payroll cycle with the right amount paid out: that’s the goal. But to get there, you’ve got to clear several hurdles. If your business stumbles, or is flawed, at any stage, you can face major set-backs and serious errors. You risk overpaying your workers, blowing out your staffing…

Making time to work on your business: insights from business coach Tony Ozanne

As we saw in our last post on this topic, doing HR manually is a large burden for your business and in some cases a “hidden” cost that goes unchecked. To bring a whole-of-business view on this issue, easyEMPLOYER caught up with Tony Ozanne, an experienced business coach. Tony has more than 20 years’ corporate…

Three ways to streamline your veterinary practice’s HR systems

Working in veterinary practice has immensely rewarding moments, but it’s also damn hard work. So anything that can lighten the load of running a practice is worth looking at. You’re dealing with staff who are passionate about what they do. That’s why they got into veterinary care, and it’s why you’re here too. In the…