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Measure What Matters | HR Blog

posted by Shane Duffy on July 9th, 2014  Posted in Blog

  “The average human has one breast and one testicle” – Des McHale This cheeky quote sums up the value of data when data means everything without insight. Big data is everywhere – but too much data, with too little insight, results in little impact. Research is now showing us that the “big data” trend is struggling to demonstrate a return on investment for this very reason. Smart data Data-driven decision-making is showcased in business functions such as finance (naturally), marketing, sales and customer service – and technology is taking this craft to a whole new level. At a very… Read More

Legal comment: Directing Employees to Attend Medical Assessments

posted by Peter Ferraro on July 9th, 2014  Posted in Blog

  Is a direction for further medical assessment lawful and reasonable? A recent appeal decision by the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission re-emphasises the rights of employers to direct their workers to attend medical appointments to determine their fitness for work, while highlighting the more straightforward path for doing so when employers have well drafted employment contracts in place. The case (Darrin Grant v BHP Coal Pty Ltd [2014] FWCFB 3027) involved an appeal by the employee, a boilermaker in BHP’s Peak Downs Mine, against a finding by the Commissioner at first instance that he had not been… Read More

Legal Comment: Penalties Change for Restaurant Industry

posted by Peter Ferraro on June 10th, 2014  Posted in Blog

  The change to Sunday loadings in the Restaurant Industry: what does it all mean? Many of you would have already seen news reports that a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has decided to reduce Sunday penalties for casuals covered by the Restaurant Industry Award. But what exactly does it mean, what impact will it have on your business now and in the future, and does it suggest similar changes to other modern awards moving forward? What penalties have actually changed? Until now, employees under the Restaurant Award received 150% of their normal hourly rates for work on… Read More

Federal Minimum Wage Decision 2014

posted by Employment Innovations on June 4th, 2014  Posted in Blog

The Fair Work Commission’s Expert Panel has finalised its Annual Wage Review for 2013/14, and today delivered its decision to increase the national minimum wage and all minimum wages in modern awards by 3 percent. The increase takes effect from the first full pay period after 1 July 2014, and wages are to be rounded to the nearest 10 cents. The Panel found that the broader economic outlook remains sound, with employment growth expected to be stronger and inflation contained. It was noted that the real value of minimum wages would decline if an adjustment below the rate of inflation… Read More

Superannuation Guarantee Increase: Frozen or Not?

posted by Employment Innovations on May 15th, 2014  Posted in Blog

In Tuesday night’s federal budget, the Treasurer announced some proposed changes to the Superannuation Guarantee Charge (SGC) percentage (being the minimum amount of superannuation support that must be paid to avoid the superannuation guarantee charge). The Treasurer has announced that on 1 July 2014, the SGC percentage will increase from 9.25% to 9.5%. The Treasurer has also announced changes suggesting that in future financial years (from 1 July 2015 – 1 July 2017), there will be a “freeze” on any increases to the SGC percentage and has indicated that, at this time, the government intends to provide for increases of… Read More