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Managing Absent Employees

In this circular we discuss what employers can do to manage personal/sick leave and to reduce absenteeism. Permanent employees are entitled to take paid personal/sick leave (up to 10 days per year for full-time employees and pro-rata for part-time employees) when they are ill or injured, when they need to care for an immediate family …

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Fixed-Term Contracts

In this article we will discuss different types of contracts, focusing on fixed-term contracts. To recap, permanent employees can be full-time (38 hours per week) or part-time (37 hours per week or less) and they will accrue leave benefits such as annual leave and personal leave. With casual employees you will have flexibility with their …

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Award Rates Increase

  From 1 July 2021, minimum award rates (as well as the national minimum wage) will increase by 2.5%.  If you are paying staff the minimum rates based on the Health Professionals and Support Services Award, it is very important that you increase them to avoid non-compliance. By way of example, if you employ a new Receptionist who …

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Superannuation: The Changes

From 1 July 2021, the superannuation guarantee rate will increase from 9.5% to 10%. What does this mean for your Practice? In short, it means that Practices will now have to pay 10% superannuation for your employees instead of 9.5%. Most practices can expect to pay this increased rate on top of your employees’ base …

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Hygienists come under the Award

In this circular we discuss the upcoming change for Hygienists. From 1 July 2021, Hygienists working at private practices will be covered by the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020. This is a major change for employers as historically Hygienists were specifically excluded from the Award. We suggest employers provide new contracts to Hygienists …

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COVID-19 Vaccines

In this circular we discuss implementing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for staff at your Practice: your rights as an employer, WHS law and advice for Practices. Can you make it mandatory?At present, employers cannot require employees to take the vaccine.  This is consistent with the official advice of the Fair Work Ombudsman and Safe …

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Your Questions Answered

My Receptionist wants to reduce her days from 5 to 2 when she returns from maternity leave, do I have to agree? There are two parts to this question: what is the employee’s right to return to work; and what are your obligations to accommodate a requested change.  Firstly, if your employee has worked for …

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