Human Resource Policies – what are they and why do you need them?

Human Resource (HR) policies - they're not the most exciting things. And they're probably not something you've considered given the number of other tasks and issues you juggle as a small business owner.  But they're important to have, and if you wait until you have an...

The ABCs of supplying referee details

Most prospective employers will require you to provide referee details at some point during the recruitment process.  They use these details to obtain information about your 'on-the-job' performance.  This can obviously make or break the success of your application....

Minimum wage changes (2017) – what does this mean for you?

Following its Annual Wage Review, the Fair Work Commission has recently announced an increase to the minimum wage of 3.3%.  This takes the minimum weekly wage to $694.90, effective from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July, 2017.

Employee or contractor?

Employee or contractor?   Many business owners believe that utilising contractors rather than employees reduces their obligations (administrative and financial).  Some then request ABNs from those working for them, believing that this classifies the worker as a...

Dealing with employee ‘sickies’

Dealing with employee 'sickies'   In Australia we've just enjoyed the Australia Day public holiday (Jan. 26th), which this year fell on a Thursday.  Given the day, a large number of people would have arranged to take the Friday off to give them an extra-long weekend. ...

Checking candidate references

Checking Candidate References   You're nearing the end of your recruitment process and think you've found the ideal candidate.  Their resume is great and they presented well during the interview(s), but how can you be sure that what you've seen and read over the past...