Human Resources & Relationships
December 10, 2018
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 moreComments Off on Ensuring Host Labour Hire Compliance
November 29, 2018
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 moreComments Off on Avoiding Unnecessary Complaints – Being the ‘Grown Up’ at Work
November 26, 2018
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 moreComments Off on Are you reliant on a ‘Zombie Agreement’?
October 4, 2018
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 moreComments Off on Pitfalls with Extending Probationary Periods
May 15, 2018
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 moreComments Off on Natural Justice – a weapon or a protection?
December 20, 2017
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 moreComments Off on Full Bench Amends Casual and Part-time Employment Award Conditions
October 30, 2017
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 moreComments Off on The Value of Workplace Grievances and Investigations
October 23, 2017
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 moreComments Off on International learnings from the Association for Workplace Investigators (AWI) conference
October 15, 2017
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 moreComments Off on Finalist in the 2017 APS Workplace Excellence Awards
July 31, 2017
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 moreComments Off on Are you ready to report your payroll data to the ATO in real time?