HR Hot Topics

Hands up if you want to be a leader?

It’s a common misconception that high performing employees should always be next in line for managerial opportunities. We have all heard the saying, ‘your best salesperson does not make your best sales manager’. Well, there is a lot of truth in that. Organisations are serious about talent management these days and throw buckets of money into leadership […]

What does the new casual conversion clause mean for you?

In October 2018, a casual conversion clause was added to most modern awards, giving casual employees a right to request that their employment be converted to full or part time. The determining factor here is if the employee has been working a regular and systematic pattern of hours on an on-going basis (generally 12 months) […]

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 […]