Public Service Announcement: Fair Work Crackdown
The recent spate of Fair Work crackdowns has increased concern for small business owners, as the severity and prevalence of non-compliance and underpayment continues to increase.
Fair Work recently imposed a $143,000 penalty against a Brisbane Business Owner and his former internal Payroll and Account Manager, after it was uncovered that they had deliberately underpaid staff at a Japanese food outlet. While business owners have always been liable for such breaches, it is the first case of a payroll manager being penalised under accessorial liability.
Accessorial liability has been one of the preferred tools wielded by Fair Work recently, as it focuses on looking past the principal company to further down the supply and managerial chain.
The increase in the number of wage underpayments, has led the Federal Government to introduce the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017. The Bill intends to increase the maximum penalties for those found breaching the Fair Work Act. It will seek to hold franchisors and holding companies responsible for actions of their franchisees and subsidiaries, if they are found to be in breach of the Fair Work Act.
If passed, this legislation will see the maximum penalties for a company increase from $54,000 to $540,000, and maximum penalties for an individual increase from $10,800 to $108,000.
Fines will be imposed for each offence, and could potentially see businesses facing over $1 million in penalties, for breaching the Fair Work Act.
Fair Work has strict compliance guidelines and regulations regarding pay rates, payslip laws and staff leave entitlements. Business owners therefore need to be proactive in their approach to compliance, to ensure that they are legally meeting their compliance requirements.
Businesses looking to gain greater compliance comfort and oversight into their business should implement workforce management software solutions for peace of mind and security to managing and paying staff. These solutions not only automate Award and EA calculations (where most of the payroll mistakes occur), but also provides oversight into the entire business, including pay rates, staff attendance and wage costs.
For more information regarding the Fair Work Act and regulations please visit the Fair Work site.
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The 3 Secrets of Workplace Productivity
So I’ll tell you a little secret. Micromanagement sucks. But workplace productivity rules! Having an insipid, contemptuous, and overtly nosy corporate shill craning their necks over your shoulder in an attempt to “encourage” productivity will guarantee Lowered morale. Fortunately, there is a valid alternative. Thanks to the miracles of modern behavioural science, we can proclaim that human beings are fairly predictable. There are certain scenarios in which we are likely to thrive, and others in which we are sure to falter. For an entrepreneur running a small business, it’s absolutely imperative to cultivate an environment featuring more of the former. So what do your employees respond to? According to current psychological consensus, we are more likely to jump at opportunities that offer us chances to achieve great things upon our own initiative. In other words, we crave mastery and autonomy. 1. Mastery So how do you turn new hires into master employees? You can’t just throw an intern into deep waters and expect him/her to swim right off the bat, no more than you could throw an amateur boxer in against Floyd Mayweather. Both would instantly be overwhelmed. It’s important for workers to feel comfortable, but still challenged. Your job as a manager is to examine an employee’s strengths and weaknesses, then match them with an achievable yet demanding task. Said task should fit in with the ultimate goals of the company at large. Aligning a skill that your employees can master with the purpose that your company serves, will engender feelings of belonging. This leads to a tribe mentality that can unite the workforce in pursuit of something greater than self-interest. That does not mean, however that there is no place for self-interest in the equation. 2. Autonomy It’s not enough to just be a master, you want to be your own master: a self-directed dynamo, capable of manipulating your environment and bending it to your will. The same is true for your employees. They don’t need an overseer. They need a collaborator. As a manager, you may think your job is to tell everyone what to do. You’re wrong. Your vocation is to teach employees never to come to you with only problems and no solutions. You’ve got to allow your employees the freedom to come up with their own remedies, and the trust to administer them with whatever methodology they see fit. 3. Incentives People are intrinsically motivated to a powerful degree. It’s true that fiscal incentives can determine behaviour also. You do have to reward your employees for good work. The freedom to act and excel will only go so far if there are bills to be paid. So the obvious solution is to enact both incentives in circumstances suitable to each. The trick is recognizing what actions are compatible with monetary incentives, and which are best served through the intrinsic worth an employee might place upon them. The rule of thumb is to correlate the goal with the incentive. If you’re looking for compliance, adherence to a set of behaviors that will result in success, monetary rewards are the way to go. If you’re looking for creativity, an innovative approach to a situation, then giving the employee freedom is your best bet. Furthermore, you want to judge your approach on an individual basis. Get to know your employees and learn their habits. This is another avenue in which offering autonomy will help. If your employees view management as collaborators rather than overseers, you’re at least twice as likely to be able to get to know them on a personal level. This is part of an ongoing series by Tanda to help business owners do better business. Tanda’s mission is to make it easier for employers to create jobs and manage staff. We do this by helping managers understand and reduce staff costs. Our product features include rostering, time-clocks and award interpretation.
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Tanda says customers are the best investors
Silicon Valley has glamorised capital raising to a point where the amount of money raised factors into how we measure a startup’s success. The greater the cash injection, the better the startup must be; the more likely they are going to be successful. But there are many startups that never raised a cent, are in no debt to investors, have full equity in their business, and are still managing to grow fast. These startups, for some reason, tend to fall under the radar. One such local startup is Tanda. Continue reading the full article here
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Triumph for Tanda clients – and here’s the proof
Tanda works to help your business succeed by taking the dramas and expense of time and attendance out of your equation. That’s why we love to celebrate when we see our clients are doing so well. Brisbane-based company The Print Bar has been with us for a long time now and came to us with some exciting news this week. The 27-year old director of The Print Bar, Jared Fullinfaw, has been named 2015 Australian Small Business Championship’s (ASBC) Young Entrepreneur. Now in The Print Bar’s fourth year of operation, Fullinfaw feels this award is a push to the next level for his team and an inspirational message for the Australian small business community. “Being named the Australian Small Business Champion Entrepreneur for 2015 makes all the hours, sleepless nights and other sacrifices small business owners make worth it”, says Fullinfaw. These sacrifices are indeed important, as many Australian business owners will understand. We’re sure many of you reading this now can bring a few to mind when you think of the sacrifices you may have made for the future of your business. That’s why here at TandaHQ we’re flattered to hear the gratitude that came from The Print Bar. The team at Print Bar said “We also wanted a say a big thanks to you [Tanda] for being with us on this journey. You’ve all been a part of it and we’re excited for what the future will bring!” Fullinfaw views this win as a way to bring his own team and the Australian small business community together and strengthen Brisbane’s growing reputation nationally for innovation and creativity. We love to share the love, so if you have your own exciting news let Tanda know! We already know Tanda is helping businesses nation-wide, but it’s always nice to hear it from time to time as well.