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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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How to draft an effective labour hire agreement in 8 steps

Recruitment & Induction

Labour hire enables you to source labour to meet temporary needs without incurring the costs associated with direct employment. As a host employer, labour hire can benefit you by: allowing you to source employees quickly to meet temporary operational needs; […]

By Portner Press on December 4th, 2019

Your questions answered: Does carer’s leave cover time spent with a grandmother in palliative care?

Leave Provisions

Q We have an employee who believes he was entitled to use carer’s leave while spending time with his grandmother while she was in palliative care in hospital. He was granted two days of compassionate leave, but ended up taking […]

By Portner Press on November 25th, 2019

Your questions answered: Can we arrange a disciplinary meeting for an employee on leave caring for a dying parent?

Leave Provisions

Q I have an employee on approved leave without pay to care for a dying parent. The employee was subject to a disciplinary issue prior to them commencing leave which has not been resolved to my satisfaction. Can I issue […]

By Portner Press on November 11th, 2019

Your questions answered: Can we freeze an employee’s long service leave pay?

Leave Provisions

Q Is it legal for an employer to freeze an employee’s pay rate after the employee, with long service leave entitlement fails to take leave for more than 12 months? For example, if at the time of entitlement the employee’s […]

By Portner Press on October 30th, 2019

Your questions answered: Can employees be granted parental leave indefinitely?

Leave Provisions

Q What would happen in the following scenario? An employee on parental leave for 12 months requests an extension of her leave to 24 months. During the extended parental leave period, she falls pregnant again and requests to take another […]

By Portner Press on October 23rd, 2019

What you need to know about moral rights, copyright and employment contracts

Employment Contracts

Many employment contracts include references to moral rights as part of their intellectual property clauses. These clauses will generally outline that by signing the contract, the employee agrees, or ‘irrevocably consents’ to the company infringing those moral rights.  Moral rights […]

By Hannah Pelka-Caven on October 18th, 2019

Your questions answered: Do we have to pay superannuation for paid study leave?

Leave Provisions

Q Does paid study leave attract superannuation? A Yes, paid study leave will attract superannuation. The relevant ATO Superannuation Guarantee Ruling (2009/2) states that salary or wages that an employee receives, at or below their normal rate of pay for […]

By Portner Press on October 18th, 2019

Your questions answered: Do we have to pay superannuation for overtime?

Workplace Policies

Q Do award/agreement-free employees get super on overtime that isn’t paid at a higher rate? A Super should be paid on ordinary time earnings, which means the ordinary hours worked (i.e. not overtime). However, if ordinary hours of work are […]

By Portner Press on October 16th, 2019

Your questions answered: Can we cash out part of an employee’s annual leave balance?

Leave Provisions

Q We have an employee who has accrued 55 days of annual leave. We wish to pay out 35 days of their annual leave to bring the balance down to 20 days. If the employee agrees, are we allowed to […]

By Portner Press on October 11th, 2019

Your questions answered: Can an employee come in early to avoid traffic?

Workplace Policies

Q Our employee wants to start work early (around 8:00am) to avoid traffic, but our requirement of work is from 9:00am. We have asked for written consent from the employee that specifies that they are coming in early for personal […]

By Portner Press on October 9th, 2019