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Ensuring Host Labour Hire Compliance

Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Ethan Edwards

With the introduction of the labour hire licensing laws, understandably many employers who use labour hire services are compliant and continue to do the right thing. The effects of rogue operators occur across many industries, however particularly notable is the … read more

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Avoiding Unnecessary Complaints – Being the ‘Grown Up’ at Work

Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Tim Davey

Wearing the hat of an external Workplace Investigator I often find myself thinking, “Oh dear, why do such otherwise dedicated people put themselves in this situation.” Of course, it is easy for me to think this as I am sitting … read more

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Are you reliant on a ‘Zombie Agreement’?

Employment & Industrial Relations, Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Ethan Edwards

What are ‘Zombie Agreements’? A ‘Zombie Agreement’ is a workplace agreement (you may also know them as Collective or Enterprise Agreement) that was approved in the Federal jurisdiction before the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) took effect. The old agreements … read more

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Pitfalls with Extending Probationary Periods

Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Charles Lentini

From time to time employers ask the question, can I extend an employee’s probationary period? There are many reasons for this but a common reason is to give the employee a further opportunity for improvement rather than dismissal for not … read more

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Natural Justice – a weapon or a protection?

Employment & Industrial Relations, Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Cheryl-Anne Laird

The concept of natural justice is a very old one. It, like Captain Cook, travelled to our shores over 200 years ago and yet in 2018 it is still often a misunderstood concept.  This should not surprise me as “natural … read more

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Full Bench Amends Casual and Part-time Employment Award Conditions

Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Charles Lentini

On 12 December 2017, the full bench of the Fair Work Commission issued determinations amending a number of modern awards in relation to casual and part-time employment. In total, eleven Modern Awards were affected, and this included: Fast Food Industry … read more

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The Value of Workplace Grievances and Investigations

Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Tim Davey

I was talking to a friend recently regarding the merits of workplace grievances.  I was recounting the tale of an employee, let’s call him Peter, who was dismissed from employment on the basis of a mutual loss of trust and … read more

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International learnings from the Association for Workplace Investigators (AWI) conference

Employment & Industrial Relations, Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Cheryl-Anne Laird

I recently attended the AWI conference in Los Angeles. Attendees at the conference were primarily from the United States (U.S.), with a few from Canada and a smaller contingent from Australia. I was a member of an international panel looking … read more

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Finalist in the 2017 APS Workplace Excellence Awards

Employment & Industrial Relations, Human Resources & Relationships, Organisational Advisors & Psychologists
Posted on by Cheryl-Anne Laird

Livingstones are proud to have been selected as Finalist in the  Australian Psychology Society (APS) Workplace Excellence Awards in partnership with the DSITI for their IT Graduate Development Program. Livingstones worked with the Queensland Government Chief Information Office (QGCIO) to … read more

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Are you ready to report your payroll data to the ATO in real time?

Human Resources & Relationships
Posted on by Eve Harward

A new initiative from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) requires real time reporting of payroll information through your payroll solution at the time you pay your employees using the Single Touch Payroll system. The ATO considers that this initiative will … read more

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