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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: Can we force an employee to have a medical review?

Employment Contracts

Q Can we request an employee to undertake a periodical medical review if such a clause is not stipulated in their current employment contract? Also, what happens if an employee undertakes a medical review and they fail it? Can they […]

By Portner Press on July 22nd, 2019

Your questions answered: Can ‘Contracts of Employment’ be called ‘Contracts of Service’?

Leave Provisions

Q Can we call our ‘Contracts of Employment’ ‘Contracts of Service’ instead? This is what they are called everywhere in the world within our organisation globally. A Either is fine. The term ‘contract for service’ is usually used to refer […]

By Portner Press on July 19th, 2019

Your questions answered: Can an employee start working for another employer during an in lieu notice period?

Employment Contracts

Q If an employee resigns, and the employer decides to pay the notice in lieu, can the employee start work for another employer during the in lieu notice period? A Generally yes, if the employee resigns and the employer chooses […]

By Portner Press on July 10th, 2019

Labour hire provider fined $60,000 for operating without licence

Recruitment & Induction

A labour hire provider in Queensland has been the first to be penalised under the state’s Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017. A & J Group Services Pty Ltd was found guilty and fined $60,000 for supplying workers to a strawberry […]

By Portner Press on July 1st, 2019

Your questions answered: Can carer’s leave be granted for emergency care of a grandchild?

Leave Provisions

Q One of our employees has applied for one day of carer’s leave to provide primary care for a grandchild, due to her daughter being in hospital for the birth of a second child. The grandchild being cared for by […]

By Portner Press on July 1st, 2019

Your questions answered: Can sick leave count towards the notice period?

Leave Provisions

A solicitor has been ordered to pay $170,000 in damages to a female employee he subjected to “relentless” sexual harassment. Owen Hughes, the principal at Beesley and Hughes in northern NSW made numerous sexual advances towards his employee over several […]

By Portner Press on June 24th, 2019

Your questions answered: Can we ask employees to schedule medical appointments around work?

Leave Provisions

Q I have noticed that a few staff members take a full day off work when they need to see a doctor, while others only take half a day off, so it’s recorded as a half day of sick leave. […]

By Portner Press on June 19th, 2019

Your questions answered: Is it risky if our employee hasn’t signed their employment contract yet?

Workplace Policies

Q What are the risks to a business if a new employee commences and hasn’t officially signed the employment contract? Are the risks minimised by having a letter of offer signed prior to the commencement date? A From a practical […]

By Portner Press on June 17th, 2019

Your questions answered: Can we convert our employees to contractors?

Workplace Policies

Q Our business subcontracts to workers who are paid a percentage of the fees they charge. We also have two specialists in the same area who, because they are on the payroll, are earning more than the fees they generate. […]

By Portner Press on June 14th, 2019

Your questions answered: Can we contact employees who are on leave?

Leave Provisions

Q Are we able to contact employees while they are on leave? When should we avoid making contact? A To some extent, it will depend on why you want to contact them. If it is to query when they will […]

By Portner Press on June 10th, 2019