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HR Highlight: Public Holidays 2014/2015

Posted by Elisha Radwanowski on 19 November 2014
  The festive season is just around the corner so this week's HR Highlight will review the coming public holidays. This holiday season: Public Holiday Rates - Time worked PLUS ?When a full-time or part-time employee works a public holiday they have to be paid for the public holiday PLUS paid a premium or penalty for working on what should have been a day off for them. When calculating and communicating pay rates to staff there can be some confusion.  This is compounded by the special treatment of Christmas Day and Boxing day in most modern awards.  It is important to review the Award, or employment instrument that the employee is engaged under, to determine the rates and minimum hours to be offered. ACAPMA members are reminded that ACAPMA can provide advice and support on the operation of public holidays in the industry, as well as resources on the calculation and application of public holiday rates. Regional Holidays It is ...
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HR Highlight: Ready for Christmas?

Posted by Elisha Radwanowski, ACAPMA on 24 September 2014
HR Highlight: Ready for Christmas?
HR Highlight: Ready for Christmas? It is late September. It is a bit early to consider Christmas to be ‘around the corner’ but we are mere days from seeing Christmas decorations instore, and now is the time for businesses to begin planning for the Christmas period.  Planning, engagement and communication now can ensure smooth functioning during the Christmas period, when we are busy serving customers, or busy with family and friends.  This weeks HR Highlight will look at some of the thing businesses can do now to make sure they have a hassle free Christmas.
  Trading through or temporarily shutting down?
  Businesses need to understand, and communicate to staff, if they are planning on trading through the Christmas period or not. 

Trading through can mean with full staff, skeleton staff or even additional staff.  All of these options will have an impact on the rostering, management and payment of staff through this pe...
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HR Highlight: Back to Basics

Posted by Elisha Radwanowski, ACAPMA on 27 August 2014



Each week ACAPMA receives many calls from members seeking workplace relations advice, support and resources.  Some of these enquiries are quite detailed and difficult, leading to hearings in the Commission and the production of specialised resources.  Other enquiries are simple ‘fact checking’ or ‘I’m just not sure’ situations.  The weeks HR Highlight will very briefly recap some of the basic questions we regularly receive, and provide some simple answers.  
Which Award?

It is imperative for businesses to classify employees using the correct employment instrument.  In the downstream petroleum industry there are three Awards that cover most employment types;
• For Administrative Staff the correct Award is the Clerks Private Sector Award 2010
• For Console Operators, Driveway Attendants & Roadhouse Attendants the correct Award is the Vehicle Manufacturing Repair Services and Retail Awa...
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HR Highlight: Case Review - Long Service Leave?

Posted by Elisha Radwanowski, ACAPMA on 6 August 2014
A recent decision from the Federal Court has clarified the application of Long Service Leave to certain employees.  This weeks HR Highlight will briefly review the implications of this case.


Which Long Service Leave provision applies?

The central question in front of the Federal Court in this case was wether the employee in question was covered by a preserved Federal Long Service Leave Award, or by the State Long Service Leave legislation.  If the employee was covered by the preserved Federal Award then there would be no requirement for the employer to pay long service leave, based on the length of service.  However, if the State legislation applied then the employees length of service would have qualified them for long service leave payment on termination.

The South Australian Industrial Court found that the State legislation applied to the employee, so they were entitled to the long service leave.  However, the Federal Court has overtu...
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HR Highlight: Theft in the Workplace

Posted by Elisha Radwanowski on 28 July 2014
HR Highlight: Theft in the Workplace
Employee dishonesty in any form is confronting and disruptive to any workplace.  As business owners and operators, it is hard to countenance employee theft, and the immediate reaction is to remove the perpetrator from the business as soon as possible.  Which often amounts to summary dismissal.  However, firing someone on the spot for theft, or even planned theft, can open a business to disastrous outcomes.  While it is important to act swiftly and decisively to protect the business, ACAPMA reminds members to keep in mind the keys to managing theft in the workplace, to avoid further complications.  This week's HR Highlight will review these key concerns. Theft OR Failure to Follow Procedures When there is a theft at the workplace, the business has had its property handled in a way other than instructed.  Essentially the perpetrator has deliberately circumvented existing product and cash control procedures to transfer the items from the business ...
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