New employment incentives

The Queensland Government has announced additional employer incentives for employers.  1 January, the Government is offering payments of up to $20,000 for businesses to take on Mature Age Workers, through its Back to Work program Qld Government will be bringing around two of Youth Boost forward. The Honourable Shannon Fentiman said more will be done […]

Cash & cheques decline in favour of digital payments

The Milestones Report released by the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA), the payments industry self-regulatory body, shows that the drop in cheque use in the 12 months to June 2016 is the greatest annual drop in the last decade. The report shows that cheque use dropped by 17.2% to 126.4 million. This compares to a 15.7% […]

Newsflash – Get Your Offset Clause Health Check Now!

In a recent ruling, a Magistrate allowed an employee to pursue unpaid overtime and lunch break claims totalling $29,000 as the employment contract failed to properly specify provisions it purported to oust in her annualised salary. Next Residential Pty Ltd, a Perth building company, denied an employee had been directed to work through lunch breaks […]

Supply chains matter for compliance

The Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, is putting all retailers on notice when it comes to neglecting labour supply chains. James says that “a company that cares about its reputation and recognises the growing value of that reputation in a competitive market place must take an interest in what’s going on in its labour supply […]

71% of people using mobile to make payments

Mobile commerce (mcommerce) is continuing to grow and if your business isn’t offering mobile payment options you could be missing out. Mobile commerce relates to the use of wireless handheld devices such as mobile phones and tablets to perform transactions. This includes everyday banking, consumer purchases, money transfers, mobile ticketing, mobile vouchers, and even information […]

WA businesses scammed half a million dollars

Western Australian businesses and employees have been robbed of over half a million dollars in the past two years from scammers posing as bosses or suppliers. Consumer protection agencies are warning businesses, especially finance departments to be vigilant when assessing invoices. Since last year, $461,000 has been stolen from 15 companies through the supplier “payment […]

Back to Work Funding now available for Queensland members

Applications are now open for eligible employers to access the Queensland Government’s Back to Work Employer Support Payments. This $100 million Back to Work regional jobs package specifically targets jobseekers and employers outside the southeast corner of Queensland and includes payments of $10,000 for employers who hire an unemployed worker, rising to $15,000 for the […]

Jobs for cash…Is it legal?

As an employer there is a lot of grey area when paying employees and whether paying in cash is legal. Surprisingly too many, employers who pay employees wages through cash is actually a legal practice in Australia, however, there are requirements that must be met. The term ‘cash-in-hand’ is however considered illegal as this phrase […]

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Empowering the next generation store associate

With customers mingling their purchases between online and in-store, the view they have when dealing with a retailer is one of unity. They do not define their relationship based on where they purchase but rather who they purchase with. The consequences of this run deep into in-store businesses and more importantly the role of staff […]

IR Update: Special purpose employees ineligible for redundancy pay

In a recent case before the Fair Work Commission, it was decided that employees working under “special purpose contracts” were not eligible for redundancy pay on termination of their employment. Special purpose contracts include agreements whereby the employee has been contracted to perform a particular task or for a specified period of time. The facts of […]