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Employee management is the cornerstone of any company.

This includes things like having effective policies and procedures in place regarding recruitment and induction, employment contracts, independent contractors, leave provisions, and managing social media use in your workplace.

Recruitment refers to the process of attracting, screening, and selecting qualified people for a specific job.

Employment contracts manage the relationships between an employer and its employees.

An independent contractor is a person who conducts their own trade or business by providing services under terms set out in a contract.

Leave provisions refers to any leave an employee is entitled to under their particular industry’s instrument.

Social media management involves using a social media policy to prohibit employee behaviour on social media that identifies the business or other employees in a disparaging or unacceptable way.

Without strong employee management to oversee these processes, employers open themselves up to legal and cultural ramifications.

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Employee out-of-work social media use: When IS it your business?

Social Media Policy

  While there is an increasing number of bullying and sexual harassment claims emanating from social media misuse outside working hours, conversely an employee can say it is a breach of their privacy if an employer views their social media […]

By Portner Press on January 16th, 2019

Your questions answered: Do WorkCover claims have to be disclosed on a job application?

Recruitment & Induction

Q: Does a worker with a WorkCover claim, present or past, have to disclose this on any job application? We are based in Victoria.

By Portner Press on January 16th, 2019

Your questions answered: Can we stop an employee from taking accrued sick leave?

Leave Provisions

What actions are we are able to take given that the employee has a large personal leave balance?

By Portner Press on January 14th, 2019

Your questions answered: Do our employees accrue LSL during parental leave?

Leave Provisions

Q: Does Long Service Leave accrue while an employee is on government paid maternity leave, or while on unpaid maternity leave?

By Portner Press on December 19th, 2018

Your questions answered: Can we make employees take annual leave?

Leave Provisions

Q: If an employee has accrued over 200 hours of annual leave, can we direct them to take that annual leave?

By Portner Press on December 17th, 2018

Your questions answered: What leave entitlements do employees have if they miss their start date?

Leave Provisions

Q: A new employee rang today to advise he is sick and unable to commence on the agreed date. How do we treat this in relation to leave entitlements?

By Portner Press on December 12th, 2018

Foodora delivery rider an employee not a contractor

Independent Contractors

There has been substantial media coverage of the recent decision of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) in Klooger v Foodora Australia Pty Ltd (2018).

By Charles Power on December 10th, 2018

Your questions answered: Do employees have unfair dismissal protection after probationary periods?

Workplace Policies

Q: Can we exercise the right to terminate employment within 6 months without risk of an unfair dismissal claim or, considering we have written in a 3-month probation, will this override the standard 6 months prescribed in the Fair Work Act 2009?

By Portner Press on December 10th, 2018

Do you pay workers to sleep on the job?

Employment Contracts

Whether an employee is entitled to payment for being ‘on call’ depends on how the award, enterprise agreement or employment contract that regulates the employee’s wage entitlement is interpreted.

By Portner Press on December 7th, 2018

Your questions answered: Which type of insurance covers independent consultants?

Independent Contractors

Q: If you engage an independent consultant on a fixed-term contract, do we pay for WorkCover, or is it covered by their professional indemnity insurance?

By Portner Press on December 7th, 2018