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Specialised HR Recruitment and Mentoring

HR Business Direction is both excited and delighted to announce our new service offering, specialised HR Recruitment and Mentoring. ...

Employment Contracts – so simple yet so important

It’s not uncommon for employers to pay an ‘annualised salary’ to employees which is intended to be an all-inclusive...

RM Williams prosecuted and fined $90,000

Australian Icon RM Williams Pty Ltd has been convicted and fined $90,000 as a result of a 2015 injury...

We asked the right questions to make the right recommendations, to assist in improving our client’s income by $100,000 per month

The most obvious solution is not always the correct one…. Business Owners and Senior Managers we work and speak...

We saved our client potentially $150,000 with a review of contractor arrangements – before an ATO Audit!

Winging it when it comes to engaging contractors is common but can lead to harsh consequences if you get...

We created in excess of $44,000 ROI for our client through WH&S Management System, training and a workplace investigation

Seeing past an immediate HR crisis or problem to identify long term business requirements can be a challenge.  HR...

A Beef & Grain farming business near Moree has been fined $90,000 following the death of a worker in 2013

A 69 year old bulldozer operator was fatally injured on 4 June 2013 when he was crushed between a skid...
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Safe Work and Return to Work Finalist 2016

We are pleased to advise of our recent accomplishment of being announced as Finalists for the Qld Safe Work...

It cost our client more than $3,000 in defending an unfair dismissal claim for not following our advice

Many employers live in fear of an unfair dismissal claim and for very good reason.  Employees have easy access...

We helped officers to fulfil their WH&S Due Diligence Obligations to avoid penalties of up to $731,400

Work Health and Safety laws require that ófficers’ of corporation fulfil Due Diligence Obligations. Understanding what these obligations are...

HR Business Direction saves employeer at least $10,000 and enabled them to increase sales by at least $150,000 initially

Purchasing an off the shelf workplace health and safety management may seem like good value for money, but is...

Ten Workplace Issues that Influence Safety

Click on the link to see our article published in ‘Lights Out’, Australian Boarding Schools Association. Lights Out Vol...

Casual Service counts towards redundancy pay

Very recently it was found by a full bench of the Fair Work Commission, in the case of AMWU...

HR Business Direction saves employer $50,000 via successful claim review

A risk management focus is essential to any successful workplace health and safety program.  HR Business Direction provides a...
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2016 Australian HR Award Finalists

We are proud to advise that HR Business Direction are finalists in the Australian HR Awards 2016 for the...

The Direction – June 2016 Edition

Note from our Director Welcome to our June edition of The Direction – inspiring you towards maximising performance and...

Safety termination not harsh

A Queensland forklift driver who broke his employer’s “golden rules” by operating his vehicle while a customer was in...

The Direction – May 2016

Note from our Director Welcome to our May edition of The Direction – inspiring you towards maximising performance and...

The Direction – April 2016

Note from our Director Welcome to our April edition of The Direction – inspiring you towards maximising performance and...

The Direction – March 2016

Note from our Director Welcome to our March edition of The Direction – inspiring you towards maximising performance and...

The Direction – February 2016

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The Direction – January 2016

Note from our Director Happy New Year!  Last month I couldn’t believe it was Christmas now I can’t believe...

The Direction – December 2015

Note from our Director Merry Christmas!  I can’t believe it’s Christmas – again!  Welcome to our December edition of...

Bullying or not, whatever way you look at it, it’s costing you

When a bullying complaint is made to the Fair Work Commission they have to consider whether the behaviour has...

Get the right advice from those that know

For the first time the Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against an accounting firm for it’s alleged...

Best to get advice!

In Cerin v ACI Operations Pty Ltd & Ors FCCA 2762 a HR Manager was held personally liable...

You can rely on past behaviour to justify a dismissal

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has recently revisited the issue of an employer relying on past...

Worker successfully claims compo after slipping in shower

In June 2015, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) ruled worker Robert Ziebarth’s back injury from a hard fall...

Contributory Negligence – It pays to be proactive

In a recent decision of Kennedy v Queensland Alumina Limited QSC 317, the Supreme Court of Queensland reduced...

The Direction – November 2015

Note from our Director Hello!  I can’t believe we are so close to Christmas – again!  And Welcome to...

Domestic Violence is a business issue

There is increasing recognition that what affects employees affects employers and Domestic Violence is unfortunately one of those things...

The Direction – October 2015

Note from our Director Hello and this is our October! edition of The Direction – inspiring you towards maximising...

First decision provides guidance on who is an ‘officer’

The recent decision of the ACT Industrial Magistrates Court provides some guidance in considering who is an ‘officer’ under...

The Direction – September 2015

Note from our Director Hello we hope you enjoy our September edition of The Direction – inspiring you towards...
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Our WH&S Specialist is now a Certified OHS Professional

In January of this year we announced that the Safety Institute of Australia was introducing OHS Professional / Practitioner...

7-Eleven Stores – Award & Immigration Compliance

I think we are all familiar with 7-Eleven convenience stores and, if not to purchase snacks or supplies at...

The Direction – August 2015

Note from our Director Hello we hope you enjoy our August edition of The Direction – inspiring you towards...

Common sense prevailing

In the decision of Drew & State of New South Wales NSWCA 159 handed down in June 2015,...

Do you make reasonable adjustments?

If you don’t, you will after reading this! In the case Huntley v State of NSW, Department of Police...

The Direction – July 2015

Note from our Director Hello we hope you enjoy our July edition of The Direction – inspiring you to...

The Direction – June 2015

Note from our Director Hello we hope you enjoy our June edition of The Direction – helping you to...

Easy to sit behind a device and tweet but easy to be sacked over it too!

In May, SBS broadcaster dismissed soccer reporter following his tweets which were considered to be offensive. The broadcasters twitter...

Minimum Wage Rates Increases – June 2015

Today the Fair Work Commission announced the results of their annual wage review. They announced an increase to the...

The Direction – May 2015

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to another edition of The Direction.  It has been another busy month...

Try managing Mental Health rather than exiting it

In a recent case the Federal Circuit Court ordered an employer pay an ex-employee$5,940.00 plus costs for engaging in...

The Direction – April 2015

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to another edition of The Direction.  I would also like to introduce...

Zero drug & alcohol tolerance – yes!

A recent case of Sharp & BCS Infrastructure Support Pty Ltd demonstrates that where safety-critical work is involved, and...
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Navigating the Complexities – Contractors VS Employees

HR Business Direction, in conjunction with Crowe Horwath are pleased to invite you to attend our joint webinar. Join...

The Direction – March 2015

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to another edition of The Direction.  Easter is approaching so we wish...

Bullied at Work? Maybe!

In the recent case of Sharon Bawker & Others v DP World Melbourne Limited and Others, the full bench...

AHRI Introduce Certification for HR Professionals

The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) have just announced the introduction of HR certification through the AHRI Practising Certification...

Workplace Relations Framework Review

  Click on the link below to access our formal submission to the Productivity Commission Review of our Workplace...

Managing Personal Relationships in the Workplace

Personal Relationships in the Workplace….  When asked in the past about relationships in the workplace I have said it...

The Direction – February 2015

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to another edition of The Direction.  They seem to come around quickly. ...

Sham Contracting

Sham Contracting Sham contracting is essentially misrepresenting an employee as an independent contractor.  You will engage in sham contracting...

The Direction – January 2015

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our first edition for 2015 and Happy New Year!  We hope...

Safety Institute of Australia Introduce Professional / Practitioner Certification

The SIA have just recently introduced OHS Professional / Practitioner Certification to ensure those providing advice have the right...

Don’t count on the Fair Work Commission to protect your reputation

Don’t count on the Fair Work Commission to protect your reputation – lessons from Hankin v Plumbers Supplies Co-Operative...

The Direction – December 2014

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our December 2014 edition of ‘The Direction’. Obviously at this time,...
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

From the team at HR Business Direction, we wish you and your families a Happy & Safety Christmas!...

The Direction – November 2014

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our November 2014 edition of ‘The Direction’.  November!  The festive season...

Consultation with employees

In a case decided last week, an employer was ordered to pay the union $19,000 for failing to properly...

The end of legal representation in unfair dismissal matters?

We believe it is a bit of a stretch to say that the recent FWC matter of Doyle v...
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Building and Realising Business Value

HR Business Direction and Interfinancial invite you to join us for a not to be missed joint Webinar covering:...

Paid Domestic Violence Leave

As part of the 4 yearly review of the modern awards the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has...
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Inspiring Greater Than HR

  Join us to be inspired and inspire others in our newly formed LinkedIn group – Inspiring Greater Than HR!...

The Direction – October 2014

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our October 2014 edition of ‘The Direction’.  October was Safe Work...

The Risks of Corporate Outings

When it comes to workplace social events many companies these days will give at least a cursory thought to...

Positive Performance Reviews

The Fair Work Commission recently reinstated 2 workers dismissed due to their persistent negative, hostile and aggressive behaviour and...

Dismissing injured or ill employees

In a decision which is seen as a win for common sense, the FWC has denied an employee’s unfair...
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Getting the most out of your people

On behalf of HAYS we present – Getting the most out of your people   At HR Business Direction...

The Direction – September 2014

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our September 2014 edition of ‘The Direction’ and first newsletter with our new...

The Direction – August 2014

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our August 2014 edition of ‘The Direction’.   HR Business Direction supports...
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Crowe Horwath Quarterly Business Forum

Culture and people management for a bully-free workplace With the introduction of new federal anti-bullying laws on 1 January...
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Workplace Bullying

On behalf of HAY Recruitment we present Workplace Bullying followed by a round table discussion. We will discuss: Workplace...
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Bookkeepers Webinar

HR Business Direction, in conjunction with Crowe Horwath, presents a two-part webinar series, specifically aimed at helping Bookkeepers carry...

The Direction – July 2014

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our July 2014 edition of ‘The Direction’. HR Business Direction supports...

What’s new from 30 June 2014

This 30 June will see various changes of which employers will need to be aware: Wages increase Increases in...

The Direction – June 2014

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our June 2014 edition of ‘The Direction’. As you may have...

The contracting quandary

Click on the link to view our article written for Retail World, June edition. Retail World June 2014 –...

Minimum Wage Increase

Yesterday the Fair Work Commission announced the results of their annual wage review 2013 – 2014. They announced an...

When times are tough

Click on the link below to view our article written for Retail World, May edition. Retail World June 2014...

The Direction – May 2014

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our May 2014 edition of ‘The Direction’. The last few months...

Road Safety Rumeration Order

From 1 May 2014, those in the transport industry need to consider whether they are subject to the Road...

Budget 2014

In its first budget since coming to power, the Abbott Government has made a number of announcements which are...

The Direction – 2014 April

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our May 2014 edition of ‘The Direction’. The last few months...

Workplace Health & Safety Legislation Changes

On 3 April 2014, the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (amendment Act) was passed in...
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Mental Health in the Workplace

On behalf of HAY Recruitment we present Managing Mental Health in the Workplace followed by a round table discussion. We will...

There is so much more to compliance!

There really is so much more to compliance than just mitigating risks and therefore the risk of penalties. From...

The Direction – March 2014

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our March 2014 edition of ‘The Direction’. This month I have...

The Direction – 2014 February

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our February 2014 edition of ‘The Direction’ – Happy New Year!...

Human Rights Commision – Pregnancy Discrimination Review Submission

Click on the link below to access our response to the Human Rights Commission – Pregnancy Discrimination Review.  ...

The Direction – January 2014

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our January 2014 edition of ‘The Direction’ – Happy New Year!...

The Direction – December 2013

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our December edition of ‘The Direction’.  Wow! It is that time...

The Direction – November 2013

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our November edition of ‘The Direction’.  Last week, 18th to 22nd...

Shake up of Queensland Workers Compensation Scheme – Part 2

Shake up of Queensland Workers’ Compensation Scheme – Part 2 In our recent announcement we gave an overview of...

Shake up of Queensland Workers Compensation Scheme

Shake up of Queensland Workers Compensation Scheme announced last week – Part 1 Legislation amendments were passed in parliament...

The Direction – October 2013

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our October edition of ‘The Direction’.  It was Mental Health Week...

The Direction – September 2013

Note from our Director Hello and Welcome to our September edition of ‘The Direction’.  It was R U OK?...

Can you rely on your IT policy?

A recent decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission now means that a dismissal based on...

Workplace Bullying – Public Comment Response

Please click on the link below to access our response to Workplace Bullying questions through the response form  ...

Manage Change in the Workplace Effectively

At HR Business Direction, we know that managing people effectively brings value to organisations and assists in the organisation...

Increase in minimum wage

Today the Fair Work Commission announced the results of their annual wage review 2102 – 2013. They announced an...

Managing Ill & Injured Employees

HR Business Direction invites you to our May Breakfast Presentation on ‘How do I Manage Ill & Injured Employees...
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Independent Contractors or Employees?

HR Business Direction presents at the Osmosis Boardroom Lunch (invitation only)  Independent Contractors or Employees?  Get it wrong and...

How do I comply with WH&S Legislation

HR business direction invites you to a Breakfast Presentation, this time on, ‘How do I comply with Workplace Health...

Are they Contractors or Employees?

HR Business Direction is pleased to invite you to the first of our Breakfast Series Sessions, on the complex...

Working from home: Employer Guidelines

Click on the link below to view our article written for Charter in their December 2011 edition. Charter Working...