Federal Budget 2021 – support for small businesses

Broadly speaking, the Federal Budget 2021 provided support for small businesses in two key ways; firstly, it encouraged small businesses to move towards digitisation; and secondly, it included lower income taxes that aimed to build consumer confidence and encourage spending – which will ultimately benefit small businesses. Incentives for hiring and upskilling employees The Government […]

New casual employment framework

Under new legislation, employers will need to review their existing and future casual employment contracts, and implement a compliant casual conversion process. The Fair Work Amendment Bill 2020, which passed Parliament on 22 March 2021, implemented a new casual employment framework that legislated the following amendments: Definition of casual employee  A casual employee must now […]

Business Shut Down at Christmas

The festive period can present a range of specific HR issues relating to business shut down, public holidays and pay rates. Can you direct employees to take leave? Firstly, confirm whether your employees are covered by an Award or an Enterprise Agreement. If they are covered, then comply with any requirements. For example, an Award […]

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