Combating Stress in the Workplace

Posted by Azure Group on 29-Apr-2015 14:53:00

Mental stress costs Australian businesses more than $10 billion per year, according to the latest Safe Work Australia report. Stress in the workplace is a growing concern for employees and employers in Australia.

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Topics: Human Resources

Hiring the right staff for your business

Posted by Azure Group on 26-Feb-2015 14:50:00

When it comes to hiring staff, we all want one thing – to hire the right employees that will fit our business. After all, a business is only as good as its employees. So, how do you go about finding the right candidate? It all comes down to your strategy, and looking at the visions and values of your business. There are a number of things you should look at when hiring – far beyond their resume & experience.

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Topics: Human Resources

HR and the SME

Posted by Karin Darcy on 28-Sep-2014 14:49:00

Most SME’s that employ staff will be breathing a sigh of relief at this time of the year, having got through the process of issuing payment summaries, reconciling the payroll, reconciling PAYGW payments and reporting to the ATO. Box ticked, and don’t have to worry till next year - but payroll is not the only consideration you have as an employer. A new financial year, with payroll queries out of the way, can be an opportune time to have a review of your Human Resource (HR) plans and policies and get organised for the New Year. As an SME owner we know you have many hats, and HR is definitely an important one, that often gets shelved or put in the too hard basket.

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Topics: Human Resources

Commission clarifies annual leave

Posted by Azure Group on 27-Aug-2014 14:52:00

A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) recently clarified whether enterprise agreements can provide for annual leave payments being made progressively, rather than when annual leave is taken.  Prior to this decision, there was conflicting authority. This article is a guest post by National Workplace Lawyers.

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Topics: Human Resources

Off-setting reward payments is not an automatic right

Posted by Azure Group on 31-Mar-2014 13:44:00

Employers should take considerable care when they seek to off-set payments to employees against any modern award, enterprise agreement or statutory based entitlement. The following article gives a scenario regarding off-set payments and the implications for the employers. This article is a guest post by National Workplace Lawyers

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Topics: Human Resources

Round up on Fair Work changes starting 1 January 2014

Posted by Azure Group on 24-Jan-2014 13:28:00

The first day of January 2014 saw several new amendments under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) come into effect. The following article briefly summarises some of those amendments and their implications for employers. This article is a guest post by National Workplace Lawyers

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Topics: Human Resources

Family Friendly Changes to the Fair Work Laws: Effective 1 July 2013

Posted by Kelly Morgan on 23-Oct-2013 14:56:00
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Topics: Human Resources

10 Reasons why WooBoard is great for accounting firms

Posted by Azure Group on 14-Oct-2013 14:57:00

We introduced WooBoard to Azure Group earlier this year as we were really impressed with the value proposition of platform. We are always looking for ways to encourage a positive working environment, and peer recognition seemed like an effective way to build on this. After some initial training by the WooBoard team we haven’t looked back! WooBoard has become a permanent part of our daily life at Azure Group and has made a positive impact across the firm….and here’s why:

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Topics: Human Resources

The Jobs Action Plan Rebate Scheme and how you can benefit

Posted by Michael Derin on 02-Oct-2013 13:23:00

The NSW Government has implemented the Job Action Plan scheme as a key priority to help drive NSW businesses to employ new workers and expand their businesses in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. This scheme is ultimately encouraging employers to create new jobs. Those businesses that employ a full-time equivalent (FTE) will receive a payroll tax rebate, as part of the new plan.

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Topics: Human Resources

The importance of recognition in the workplace

Posted by Azure Group on 25-Jul-2013 13:24:00

With our client snapshot this month highlights the wonderful resource that is WooBoard, we thought it would be fitting to highlight the important of positive reinforcement and recognition in any workplace. Ultimately, happy staff is one of your biggest assets.

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Topics: Human Resources

Mitigating Industrial Relations risks

Posted by Kelly Morgan on 12-Mar-2012 14:48:00

There is a growing trend of managers and directors being targeted and prosecuted by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Recent cases have resulted in fines and penalties being imposed against the individuals who run the company as well as the companies they run.

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Topics: Human Resources

Paid parental leave scheme

Posted by Azure Group on 24-Jun-2010 13:29:00

The Government's paid parental leave (GPPL) scheme was passed through parliament on Thursday, 17 June 2010 and will apply to births or adoptions on or after 1 January 2011.

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Topics: Human Resources