Stay safe at home, except for essential reasons

It has been announced today that Southeast Queensland is going into a 3-day lockdown startingat 6pm tonight Tuesday the 29th of June. The lockdown restrictions will be reviewed on Friday the2nd of July. Anyone in the affected areas will be required to stay at home except for essential reasons. You can only leave your residence for limited permitted purposes such as: obtaining essential goods or services, including healthcare (including vaccinations) exercise …

Building a Better Building Industry – Paying Your Employees Right

Building and construction employers are being put on notice by the Fair Work Ombudsman in a joint audit with the QBCC and ABCC with a particular focus on underpayments. In some cases, the Fair Work Ombudsman can fine an employer up to $666,000 for underpaying its employees. A recent case commenced by the Fair Work Ombudsman against a Victorian building …

Annualised Salaries – Are you Compliant? - 2021 - Wattsnext Group

Annualised Salaries – Are you Compliant?

Woolworths, Super Retail Group, Rockpool Dining, 7-Eleven and ABC. What do they all have in common you ask? Underpayment of its employees. And we are talking millions of dollars in underpayments. What does this mean for you though? From the 1st of March 2021 employers face harsh penalties for failing to comply with annualised wage agreements across 18 different awards …

6 tips to make sure you never have another pointless meeting! - 2021 - Wattsnext Group

6 tips to make sure you never have another pointless meeting!

Nothing is more frustrating than a meeting that goes longer than needed, has people in attendance who don’t need to be there and where nothing is achieved because no one really knew the purpose of it anyway! I am a stickler for only spending time on things that matter which means I am continually assessing the meetings in my calendar …

The Difference Between NES, EA and Modern Awards - 2021 - Wattsnext Group

The Difference Between NES, EA and Modern Awards

Formalising an employment relationship can seem daunting, especially when we hear words being thrown around like ‘National Employment Standards’, ‘Modern Awards’ and ‘Enterprise Agreements’. Most business owners are aware that they need to have an Employment Contract in place. However, not everyone is aware of how their employment contracts should relate to these Agreements/Standards; and further, how policies come into the …

Refusing a request for annual leave – everything you need to know! - 2021 - Wattsnext Group

Refusing a request for annual leave – everything you need to know!

Previously, I have shared my thoughts on the benefits of allowing your team members to utilise their annual leave to relax and regenerate. Annual leave has a number of great benefits, not only for the health of your employees’, but also the overall productivity and success of your business. However, I understand that employee’s leave requests do not always work …

Is an Owner or Director considered an employee? - 2021 - Wattsnext Group

Is an Owner or Director considered an employee?

It is essential to understand where an Owner or Director sits with regards to head count, prior to certain action being taken by the business. A “Small Business Employer” is defined in the Fair Work Act as an employer with fewer than 15 employees, and has access to a number of concessions in relation to the termination of employees, such …

The must do 'one question' staff survey - 2021 - Wattsnext Group

The must do ‘one question’ staff survey

Australia is slowly heading back to work, New York is still bunkered down with very little chance of workplaces reopening before October, if this year.  There is no doubt that Covid-19 has changed each of us and depending on our individual experiences that change will be just as individual. We keep talking about business and work not returning to how …

3 ways to connect with your employees right now - 2021 - Wattsnext Group

3 ways to connect with your employees right now

Connection is very different for all of us right now.  No longer can we see our friends and extended family over a meal or drink at the bar, we can’t hug, we can’t even shake hands.  Our connection has become about video calls, text messages and waving from a safe six feet distance. Yet we all know connection is more …