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HR Highlight: Performance Meetings and the Role of 'Support Persons'

Posted by Elisha Radwanowski on 23 April 2014
HR Highlight: Performance Meetings and the Role of 'Support Persons'
Calling a meeting with staff to discuss performance issues is always challenging.  Navigating the business requirements and human issues means that managers need to tread carefully.  This already difficult situation is further complicated by confusion around access to, and the role of, ‘Support Persons’ in performance meetings.  Recent cases from the Fair Work Commission have given clarity to the role of support persons, this week's HR Highlight will explore this further. Performance meetings Any meeting with staff that is going to discuss their performance, good or bad, is a performance meeting.  When calling a performance meeting with staff it is important to let them know as far in advance of the meeting as possible.  It is also important to let them know what will be discussed.  This allows staff to prepare for the meeting and to call on a support person, if they so choose. The role of a support person Many staff a...
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HR Highlight: HR Help?

Posted by Elisha Radwanowski on 9 April 2014
HR Highlight: HR Help?
The wholesale and retail petroleum industry is a unique and challenging one, not just because of the dangerous and hazardous chemicals we deal with in our workplaces, but also because of the complicated employment laws and regulations that apply in this area.  Employment law in Australia is characterised by complexity, however the application of this complex system to the wholesale and retail petroleum industries leaves even experts confused.  So where do you turn if you need advice, support and assistance with employment matters? You turn to your industry association, ACAPMAs workplace relations professionals are here to help.

Complexity, with a side order of confusion?

I read a very detailed and thought-out article on the complexity of employment law in Australia recently. Whilst the author used the General Retail Award 2010 as an example to highlight the complexity of employment law, petrol convenience operators, e.g. those convenience stores th...
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All the best to Marg...

Posted by Nic Moulis on 2 April 2014
All the best to Marg...
Monday this week, after 35 years, marked Marg Taylor’s last day working for ACAPMA (nee APADA). I greeted the day with both a heavy heart and a feeling of gratitude. I cannot begin to imagine how she felt on the day, though I hope there are many fond memories to lighten the occasion.
I am saddened that circumstance has brought both Marg and the association to today and while for all of us it is inevitable, it is never easy. Marg has been so pragmatic and accommodating during the final stages of this process, showing again the character that had made her such an integral part of the Association. I am guessing these traits where forged in the fires that have been the association’s hallmark. Battles with Unions and Oil Companies were (and still are) part of why ACAPMA is here for members and her able advocacy during these times have been continuous and dependable. The wars have not always been external. She has documented, due to her longevity, a history th...
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The time has come the walrus said....

Posted by Marg Taylor on 31 March 2014
The time has come the walrus said....
On this my last day in the service of ACAPMA (ex-APADA/OAMPS), I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have taken the time to send me personal messages of support.  It has been a privilege to have represented and assisted you over the past 35 years (I was only five on commencement). During this period I have been fortunate in having made some wonderful and lasting friendships with both members and their staff in good and difficult times for our Association.  I will always reflect on those memories and on a fantastic organisation of predominantly distributors but now evolving into the retail sector as an important component of the business mix; and to our trade members and business partners. APADA was the forerunner of the organisation, one that grew out of a need to ensure members were protected and represented in a volatile environment – industrially and regulatory – and insurance-wise through OAMPS.  It would be remi...
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HR Highlight: Policies...more than words

Posted by Elisha Radwanowski on 26 March 2014
HR Highlight: Policies...more than words
Whether it is introducing new staff to ‘the way we do things around here’ or providing the framework for performance management, policies have an important role and function in every business.  Well they do when they are done right!  Like all documents the value is not in the generation of the policies, the value is in the implementation of them.  Policies are required for regulatory compliance and for many contract and tender processes, but they can be valuable tools within the business for driving culture and facilitating good people management.  So how do you make your policies more than words? Tell it like it is It is important that policies within the business are not confused with aspirational goals or vision/mission statements.  A Policy is not something the business is aiming for, it is a clear articulation of what the business expects in a certain area, and what WILL ALWAYS happen if those expectations are not met, and what...
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