WA has a new Building & Construction Code of Conduct

“The balance of power between head contractors and subcontractors on government  jobs has been addressed by new guidelines for the industry”                                                                    … Business News 16…

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Mum and Dad Partnerships – we’re all at risk!

Normally I keep my ‘Did You Know’ articles to General HR or OH&S matters.  However, this week I am providing you with a link to an article describing an Independent Contractor’s 2-year legal battle following charges of fraud/evasion being brought…

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Why ‘Compliance’ is like a Dirty Word?

As a small business owner and, as a consultant to the SME community, I have become increasingly aware that some business owners simply “don’t know what they don’t know” when it comes to the complexities around employment and many run…

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Unfair Contracts Law starts to bite

Finally, this well-overdue legislation will start to take effect. Research undertaken by ACCC indicates that there is somewhere in the vicinity of 8-10 million contracts that will be deemed to have unfair clauses when they come up for renewal. This…

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What Bullying?

The following is typical of the questions we get from our clients and demonstrates how difficult it can be for business owners to understand their obligations to all their employees to provide a safe working environment .  It is difficult…

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RECRUITING FOR SME’s

Many sme business owners today are time poor, so it is easy to miss the critical factors that translate into a good choice or right fit and it takes time to figure out what does that mean for you and…

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SMOKING IN THE WORKPLACE

Q. My employees keep smoking near the entrance of my shop and leaving their cigarette butts littered around despite me telling them several times not to. Can I issue them with a warning? A. As an employer, you are faced…

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Contractors and Super Payments

Q. I read somewhere that I’m supposed to be paying my contractor’s super. Does this apply to me if I only have a couple of subbies? A. The question of super and contractors is just one of those vexing issues…

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Employment Contracts

Q. I have a small business and employ around 6-8 people, most of whom have worked for me for a couple of years. We have never felt the need to write formal employment contracts and have relied on verbal agreements…

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Redundancies & Terminations

Q. I have recently lost some contracts and don’t have enough work for all my workers.  I can’t see this situation changing anytime soon so I will have to let some people go.  I think one of my workers might…

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