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The Punnet – May 2016

By May 16, 2016May 20th, 2016Newsletter
The Punnet


As an employer, you may be faced with the need to restructure your business and it is important that you are familiar with the process required to ensure you will not find yourself with an unfair dismissal claim.  In this articleRebecca Byun from Holding Redlich examines three key considerations that are often overlooked by employers when managing the redundancy process.  Understanding these considerations will minimise the risk exposure and potential costs for your business.

Family Violence

A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission has explored whether employers can summarily dismiss employees experiencing domestic violence due to repeated, unexplained absences. This article written by Catherine Burkhalter from Moores, has some great takeaways for employers, particularly around providing procedural fairness in the termination process.

Payroll Tax Cut for Small Business

The Victorian government has announced that they will be increasing the payroll tax threshold for the first time since 2002 with the first increase to $575,000 to take effect on 1 July 2016, with incremental increases until the tax-free threshold reaches $650,000 in 2019-20.

For further advice on how this will affect your business, speak to your Accountant or Bookkeeper.

Why makes good employees quit?

I have said it before and I will say it again. People leave managers, not companies. I come across so many career clients with horror stories of managers that treat them badly and are terrible leaders. When I posted this article from the Huffington Post, 9 Things That Make Good Employees Quit, on the Strawberry Seed social media, it had one of the biggest responses I have ever seen.

The cost to a business of losing good employees can be huge so we need to make sure that our managers are good leaders that will ensure high employee retention and motivation.

Workplace Bullying and Harassment Training

With the downfall of the Geelong Council firmly in people minds, this has been a hot topic from our HR clients in recent times.  Over the past few weeks we have been delivering training for the employees of a number of our bigger clients as part of their risk management strategy to proactively address this issue in their organisation.

Carli recently addressed the issue of the costs to a business in her article, Why don’t managers take workplace bullying seriously?.

At the request of some of our smaller clients, we are considering running a 2 hour training session for business owners and their managers to learn how to prevent Workplace Bullying and Harassment and manage the situation should you suspect it is happening in your workplace or you receive a complaint.

Please email to register your interest if you would like to receive more information on this training.

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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