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Combating Stress in the Workplace

Posted by Azure Group on April 29, 2015 under HR

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. So how can you as a business owner support your employees to combat stress and improv…


Hiring the right staff for your business

Posted by Azure Group on February 26, 2015 under HR

When it comes to hiring employees, 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 hiring strategy, and looking at the visions and va…


HR and the SME

Posted by Karin Darcy, Azure Group Business Accounting Manager on September 28, 2014 under HR

HR and the SME A new financial year, with payroll queries out of the way, can be an opportune time to have a review of your 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 i…


Full Bench clarifies annual leave

Posted by Azure Group on August 27, 2014 under HR

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 …


Managing workplace bullying complaints

Posted by Azure Group on August 08, 2014 under HR

Commissioner Hampton, head of the Anti-bullying Panel of the Fair Work Commission recently handed down the Fair Work Commission's first substantive decision on bullying. The decision provides welcome confirmation for employers managing workplace bullying complaints that the complaints can be managed…


Offsetting reward payments is not an automatic right

Posted by Azure Group on March 31, 2014 under HR

National Workplace Lawyers is frequently asked by clients whether they can off-set award and other entitlements against higher wage or salary payments made to employees. In New Image Photographics Pty Ltd v Fair Work Ombudsman [2013] FCA 1385, Federal Court, on appeal from the Federal Magistrates Co…


Round up on Fair Work changes starting 1 January 2014

Posted by Azure Group on January 24, 2014 under HR

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.


10 Reasons why WooBoard is great for accounting firms

Posted by on October 14, 2013 under HR

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 t…


The Jobs Action Plan Rebate Scheme and how you can benefit

Posted by Michael Derin on October 02, 2013 under HR

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 …


Changes to the Fair Work Laws: Effective 1 July 2013 - What You Need to Know

Posted by on August 23, 2013 under HR

There have been a number of important changes to your legal obligations under the Fair Work Act 2009 effective 1 July 2013 titled “Family Friendly Changes”. Employers take note - with penalties of up to $51,000 per breach apply, so it’s imperative all employers invest in understanding these changes …


The importance of recognition in the workplace

Posted by on July 25, 2013 under HR

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.


Mitigating IR Risk

Posted by on March 12, 2012 under HR

Mitigating IR Risk


Paid parental leave scheme

Posted by on June 24, 2010 under HR

A run down on the Government's paid parental leave scheme