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What is poor mental health costing Australian businesses?

$15 billion. That’s the minimum estimated cost per year of workplace-related mental illness and injury in Australia (The Australia Institute and Centre for Future Work).  But the true impact of mental health concerns may be going undetected in your organisation. Employees are less likely to disclose a mental health condition, seek help for themselves or […]

Workplace Vaccination Policy in Queensland: What Employers Need to Know 

Heading into 2022, every business is facing new questions and challenges regarding workplace vaccination policies and how this relates to the rights and responsibilities of the company and its staff. Here’s what you need to know if you’re a Queensland business considering making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for your employees.

CEO Burnout

As external business partners, we often receive emails from our clients (CEOs and General Managers) in the early hours of the morning.  We have all been there, waking up in the middle of the night remembering that we forgot to pick up the dry cleaning or call Grandma for her birthday.  But what do you […]

New Casual Definition – Implications for Employers

The Federal Government has recently passed the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020.  One of the key elements of this Bill is the introduction of a formal definition of ‘Casual’ employment in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), as well as the statutory right for long term Casuals to request […]

Post COVID HR Considerations for Small Business

Job Keeper 2.0 provisions will cease on 28 March 2021.   This includes any Job Keeper enabled stand down directions or agreements that were put in place last year. These upcoming changes may present many challenges for employers who have been relying on the Job Keeper provisions to support their business, resulting in potential financial strain.  […]

Mental Health Matters

Now that the dust of 2020 has settled, employers are faced with managing the ‘after shock’ and sustained disruptions resulting from COVID.  Employees are likely to be experiencing a variety of emotions as they come to terms with this ‘new normal’.  Adrenaline levels have decreased and many of us are faced with a variety of […]

Can employees refuse to return to work?

With recent announcements of lifted restrictions and the return of some ‘normal’ work routines, we might find ourselves in unique scenarios where some of our employees are choosing to stay home, and some completely refuse to come back at all. So, where does this leave the employer? Firstly, employers will need to consider the reasons […]