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Top 10 tips for retaining talent in tough times

Attracting and retaining the best people is a top priority for most organisations.  BUT… what happens when times get tough and the pressure to cut costs and increase productivity is coming from all directions?  While it may be tempting to downsize and cut back on staff retention initiatives, this can open you up to greater risk […]

Helping small businesses overcome HR challenges

Radford HR understands that while strategies drive revenue, it’s the people who shape companies into thriving empires.  Radford HR has emerged as one of Australia’s leading Human Resource consulting firms, offering expert advice and practical solutions to assist clients in any organisation that employs people.   At the heart of Radford HR is their passionate […]

Can you deduct money from an employee’s wages to recoup from stealing?

The Fair Work Act and Deductions Section 324 of the Fair Work Act 2009 only permits certain types of deductions. Those are when: The deduction is authorised in writing and principally for the employee’s benefit; The deduction is authorised in accordance with an enterprise agreement, modern award or Fair Work Commission order; or The deduction […]

CCTV in the Workplace

Is CCTV in the workplace legal in Queensland? It certainly is. There is no legislation in Queensland that prohibits or restricts it. Can you sack someone based on what you see on CCTV? Absolutely! If an employee is caught ‘red handed’ stealing from the till or having an intimate relationship with a subordinate in the […]

Can employees record your conversations?

Unfortunately, yes. It is not illegal to record conversation that you are involved in (either over the phone or face-to-face), within Queensland anyway and it can be used as evidence in court proceedings.  In this era of smart phones it is so easy for someone to secretly record your conversations in the workplace without your […]

Cashing out Annual Leave

Can an employer Cash out Annual Leave at the employee’s request? The Fair Work Act says that annual leave can only be cashed out under certain circumstances. Those are: Where an Award allows for it (note that most Modern Awards now allow for cashing out of annual leave); Where an Enterprise Agreement allows for it […]

How long should you retain recruitment records?

There is certainly an obligation to keep “employee records” for a period of 7 years under the Fair Work Act 2009. However, the definition of ’employee record’ under the Privacy Act 1988 (as referred to by the Fair Work Act 2009), is for personal information held by an employer in relation to an employee’s employment. In regard to prospective […]

What happens if an employee refuses to provide a medical certificate?

When can you request medical evidence from an employee who is off work due to illness or injury? Under the Fair Work Act employers are entitled to request medical evidence that would satisfy a reasonable person that the sick leave is being taken because of an illness or injury that prevents them from being able […]

This is not what I signed up for! Employers who over promise and under deliver

We are the best employer in the world! Overselling the job and under-delivering is one of the leading causes for employee resignations or checking out within the probationary period. There are a lot of promises made and expectations set throughout the recruitment process on both sides. But it does not take long for an employee […]

When is bullying reasonable management action under the Fair Work Act 2009?

What is “bullying” and “reasonable management action” under the Fair Work Act 2009? “Bullying” is: repeated behaviour; unreasonable behaviour; and behaviour that can cause a risk to health and safety. “Reasonable management action” is: management action; that was reasonable to have been taken; and carried out in a manner that is reasonable. Facts from Case […]