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New Hunter Valley Jobs website launches

Cessnock City Council is urging businesses to assist in the test phase of a new local jobs portal and list their position vacancies for free. The new website, cessnockjobs.com.au, is being piloted to make hiring easier for Hunter Valley employers and job seekers.   The website is a one-stop online shop where businesses can advertise…

Gender pay gap still ‘disappointing’ in Australia

  This year’s Gender Equality Scorecard by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency has found across all industries that men are still taking home, on average, $25,000 more a year than women. Women are still hitting the glass ceiling at the highest levels. The number of female CEOs has stalled and Australia’s boardroom tables remain dominated…

Four-day work week boosts worker productivity by 40%

Microsoft Japan tested a four-day work week and has found the experiment a huge boon to employee productivity.     The tech giant recorded an almost 40% jump in productivity levels after cutting its work hours as part of a wider project to promote healthier work-life balance. The experiment called Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019, gave…

Micro Businesses and Single Touch Payroll

By now most people have heard of Single Touch Payroll (STP). If not, it’s a relatively new process that requires businesses to report employee earnings and superannuation to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) each pay period via an online report. This has been rolled out progressively since 1 July 2018 for large businesses, and 1…

Two thirds of Australian workers experience bullying

Bullying is often in the media, although it’s usually linked to the behaviour of school age children. But according to findings from a recent study by the University of South Australia (UniSA), Australia ranked sixth worst for workplace bullying when compared to 31 European countries. Cultures that lead to bullying Lead researcher, Associate Professor Michelle…

Using bcc on emails can avoid a data breach in your business

Many people don’t realise why emails have a bcc field. Most email platforms have a function called blind carbon copy (bcc), which means that you can send an email out to a large group of people without sharing their email addresses amongst the recipients. But why is this important? Sharing email addresses to a wide…

There have been changes to hospitality awards for staff termination pay

Changes to Restaurant and Wine Industry Awards

The Fair Work Commission has announced changes to both the Restaurant and Wine Industry Awards. The changes relate specifically to the timing of final wages and entitlements after termination, which came into effect on 6 September 2019. Restaurant Industry Award changes Casual employees must be paid all money owed at the end of their final…

Retrenching an employee: where can you get help?

Everybody knows someone who has been retrenched. While it can be devastating for the person being retrenched, it can also be an anxious and upsetting time for the manager who has to deliver the news. An Employment Facilitator (EF) for the Hunter region, Warrick Jordan, has been hired by the Australian Government to assist in…

Can’t retain good staff? You may be making these mistakes

Recruiting and keeping great staff can be a big challenge and expense for small businesses. Are you making any of these common mistakes when you’re hiring? Mistake 1: Making it all about the money Paying good money is important in attracting great employees, but it doesn’t necessarily keep them. Offer other benefits, such as flexible…

Council tests new partnership with STEM education for longer term employment outcomes

Council’s teaming up with STEM Industry School Partnerships Program The Cessnock Local Government Area is the home of STEM education in Australia, and Cessnock City Council is breaking new ground forging a fresh partnership.   Council and the STEM Industry School Partnerships Program (SISP) will partner to champion how local government can play a leadership…

Dealing with negative reviews is part of getting important feedback for your business

Dealing with negative online reviews

Everyone likes to be liked. So what should you do when someone goes online to say they don’t like your business, product or customer service? How do you deal with negative online reviews?   According to a survey by Bright Local, reading a negative review stops 40% of consumers wanting to do business with your…

Working holiday makers to combat labour shortages

Travellers will have an option to stay in Australia for a third year if they work in the regional areas that need it most, following an expansion of the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program in July. More places are now available to young people from more countries, which is expected to benefit farmers and…

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