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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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Your questions answered: What happens if we haven’t stated a probationary period in our employment contract?

Employment Contracts

Q We have an employee who is likely not to pass probation. However, there has been an administration error on the employee’s employment contract in regards to the probation clause, whereby a prior template was used which was meant for […]

By Portner Press on September 18th, 2019

Your questions answered: Are employees entitled to public holiday pay while they are on unpaid leave?

Leave Provisions

Q Is an employer required to pay an employee for a public holiday when the employee is on leave without pay or unpaid parental leave? A Only employees who normally work on a day upon which a public holiday falls […]

By Portner Press on September 11th, 2019

Your questions answered: Is an employee entitled to public holiday if they are beginning a leave period on the following day?

Leave Provisions

Q I have an employee who is starting a period of unpaid parental leave on a Tuesday, the day after a public holiday on the Monday. Is he entitled to be paid for the public holiday even though he does […]

By Portner Press on September 9th, 2019

Your questions answered: Can employees take leave on another religious day instead of Christmas Day?

Leave Provisions

Q Is it possible, from an employment law perspective, for an employee to choose to work on a public holiday, e.g. Christmas Day, Easter Friday, then swap that paid public holiday day to take leave on a cultural or religious […]

By Portner Press on September 4th, 2019

Your questions answered: Do position descriptions form part of an employment contract?

Employment Contracts

Q Should employees sign a position description and any subsequent change to it? Does the position description form part of the contract of employment, even if there is a disclaimer on it saying it doesn’t? A The signatures of employees […]

By Portner Press on August 26th, 2019

Banerji judgment sets a precedent for public sector workers

Workplace Policies

  You can set rules for what your employees can say and do outside their work, provided there is a relevant connection with their employment. When your employee disparages your business in their own time they may breach their contractual […]

By Charles Power on August 21st, 2019

Your questions answered: Is an employee entitled to take 6 months’ leave?

Leave Provisions

Q Our employee has requested leave for 6 months. The employee wants to use a combination of accrued annual leave and long service leave entitlements. Is our business legally obliged to accept the employee’s request for extended leave? A There […]

By Portner Press on August 19th, 2019

Your questions answered: Do part-time employees accrue annual leave on overtime work?

Leave Provisions

Q We have a number of part-timers who occasionally work extra hours where needed. For example, one permanent part-timer works 64 hours per fortnight and job shares with a casual worker, who does the other day. Where the casual can’t […]

By Portner Press on August 16th, 2019

Your questions answered: Can employees donate their sick leave to another employee?

Leave Provisions

Q I have an employee who requires heart and lung surgery in the coming weeks. Due to her condition, she is rapidly using her existing sick leave entitlements and will not be able to work until she has recovered. Is […]

By Portner Press on August 14th, 2019

Your questions answered: What happens if we don’t pay long service leave?

Leave Provisions

Q What are the penalties can we be liable for if we don’t pay long service leave? Our company is based in Queensland. A Long service leave entitlements in Queensland are governed by the Industrial Relations Act 2016 (Qld). The […]

By Portner Press on August 12th, 2019