KEEPING YOU INFORMED
Some Thoughts from the World of HR
Our wonderful Therese Ravell has been named the Volunteer of the Year Northern Beaches at the 2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards hosted by the Centre for Volunteering. The nomination described her as a “serial volunteer” who has been helping to steer the volunteering efforts of Meals on Wheels NSW for the past decade. She also helps her local P&C and Cubs branch, Dune Care Group and raises money for the Leukemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave and the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal.
As government subsidies change in the coming weeks, there may be new decision points for SME owners and managers. Unfortunately, the coming weeks could be crunch time for some businesses who are still dealing with reduced revenue opportunity and now face the end of the moratorium on creditor petitions.
Supported by Impact HR, TheOnlineCo. implemented Impact HR’s onboarding process to improve their hiring and reporting system. Now, the business can manage the entire recruiting lifecycle, while providing candidates with a better experience.
On 21 July 2020, the Australian Government announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the JobKeeper Payment scheme will be extended by a further six months until 28 March 2021, from the original end date of 27 September 2020.
Recently the Fair Work Commission made a decision that NEW annualised salary provisions will be applied to a range of Modern Awards, commencing 1st March 2020 onwards. This change means, if your employee (s) is covered by an applicable award, your obligations for paying employee salaries are also going to change.
Recently there was a lot of publicity about the Federal Court case in which a casual was awarded back payment for Annual and Personal Leave. This led to concern that all casual employees could potentially ‘double dip’ and receive highly hourly rates as well as leave entitlements. There was a lot of press about this and many of our clients were extremely concerned about cost spiralling out of control.
On behalf of everyone at Impact HR, thank you to all who attended the 3-hour virtual Workshop on the 29th April. We hope attendees made some fruitful connections during the workshop and learned something new about leading in an increasingly complex COVID-19 world by, developing confidence in leadership skills to build teams and businesses for success now and after post COVID-19.
On Friday 29th May Therese Ravell, Director of Impact HR, the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand (IML ANZ) and Victoria University came together for a joint event attended by approximately 50 students ‘Set Yourself Up for Career Success’. We were impressed with how many participants have adapted to this ‘new’ virtual world and that the sense of community is so strong. Nice to see that although we may be isolated, there are ways of staying connected. Students praised the virtual event saying, “I just wanted to say thank you for the great chat from earlier. I actually messaged my old careers mentor after the chat, asking to pick his brain on job hunting in the upcoming months, owing to the advice given in the online event.”
The Fair Work Commission has announced the minimum wage increase for 2020 which applies to all Modern awards. Minimum wages across all awards will increase by 1.75% with varying effective dates depending on which award employees are covered by.
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