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The Punnet – June 2018

By June 3, 2018Newsletter
The Punnet

Celebrating 5 Years of Strawberry Seed Consulting!

Are you ready for the 2018 Minimum Wage Increase?

EOFY can be a busy time for Small Business owners. We are bombarded with information about what we need to finalise by the 30th of June. On Friday 1st June, the list got more significant with the new minimum wage increase announced, the largest in several years at 3.5%.

Australian employment laws and awards are complex and, unfortunately, it is easy to get caught out.  Strawberry Seed Consulting can assist you with establishing which Awards apply to your employees, understand the obligations and benchmark your current employee wages to make sure you are meeting your minimum legal responsibilities.

During June, we will be working closely with our HR support clients not only to ensure that they are paying their employees correctly but reviewing several areas of their HR to ensure their business is compliant. We have identified 5 Key HR Questions that we will be asking our small business clients and have shared these with you in our latest article so you can do the same in your business.

What else is happening in the world of Employment?

Long Service Leave

Changes are coming to Long Service Leave entitlements in Victoria with parliament passing the Long Service Leave Act 2018, listed to come into effect from the 1st November 2018. There are several changes that employers should be aware of. These include:

  • Employees will be able to take long service leave following seven years of service rather than ten years.
  • Employees will be able to apply to take long service leave in blocks of a single day.
  • Up to 12 months of unpaid parental leave to count as service and unpaid parental leave of greater than 12 months will not break the continuity of service.
  • Changes to the calculation of ordinary hours and ordinary pay where employees’ hours or rates of pay have changed.

If you have long-serving employees, you will need to keep up to date with these changes.

Managing Workplace Relationships

Managing workplace relationships has always been tricky for managers. Barnaby Joyce thrust the topic into the headlines in February when it came out he was in a relationship with a former employee.

The reality is those workplace relationships are more common than you think, particularly with employees spending more and more time at work. Carli shares her wisdom in her article, The Barnaby Effect or How to Manage a Workplace Romance.

Happy birthday to us!

On the 25th May 2018, we celebrated 5 years for Strawberry Seed Consulting. We want to thank all of our employees, clients (both past and present) and supporters for helping us get this far. Our team is in the process of expanding, adding both an HR Advisor and Career Coaches, allowing us to continue to grow and help more clients achieve their dreams.

If you know of an HR or Recruitment professional looking for a challenging yet flexible part-time opportunity, please ask them to get in touch.

We look forward to another 5 years!

Carli Saw

Author Carli Saw

Carli is a Human Resources professional with more than 20 years of experience across a range of industries and a passion for supporting small business.

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