3 Quick Tips on Attracting the Right Candidates with Job Ads

Don’t leave candidates in the dark when applying for an advertised position. If your job ad is only describing the role in question, you are not giving the candidate the full story. When candidates are applying for a role, they are also applying to join a community. What does that community look like and is […]

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Independent contractor or employee?

The following extract is from the article Independent contractor, Labour Hire Worker or Employee? First published in the Wine & Viticulture Journal, November/December 2015. Author Sarah Hills EMPLOYEE OR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR Just because a person wishes to be engaged as a contractor, has an ABN number and you enter into an agreement calling them an ‘independent […]

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Have self-directed teams come of age?

By Pamela Thorne Written on December 18, 2015 Source: http://www.hrmonline.com.au/ A 2012 Gallup survey of employee engagement in 142 countries showed that in Australia, 60 per cent of employees are dissatisfied with their work, while 16 per cent are actively disengaged. In a bid to remedy this, organisations have instigated a range of employee engagement programs. […]

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New law protects small business from unfair contract terms

Has another business offered you a standard form contract? Or do you offer standard form contracts to other businesses? If so, you need to be aware of the new law that protects small businesses from unfair contract terms. Many businesses offer standard form contracts on a ‘take it or leave it’ basis where there is […]

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How to Make Your Job Postings Seem Exciting

Employment Crossing outlines key elements that can make your job postings more successful by making them more exciting to job seekers. Source: http://www.employmentcrossing.com/ Graphic Appeal The Internet is a graphic medium. Sometimes, we in the HR business do not always remember the impact that the simple page layout can have on job seekers. And it is different […]

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South Australian wine grape growers to go into arbitration with unions over working conditions

Source: abc.net.au The South Australian Wine Industry Association will follow through on a submission to the Fair Work Commission to change the modern award rate for casual employees working in the wine sector. The SA Wine Industry Association wants to halve the minimum engagement time casual employees are entitled to work, from four to two […]

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New good work design handbook online

SAFE WORK Australia has launched a new handbook to help businesses meet obligations under the work health and safety laws, reduce worker injury rates, and improve productivity and bottom line. Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer Michelle Baxter said that that well-designed, healthy and safe work allowed workers to have more productive lives, which in […]

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National workplace relations laws need to change, SAWIA chief

A submission from the wine industry to the Productivity Commission’s national workplace relations review has highlighted the need for comprehensive reforms to the federal workplace relations laws. The detailed submission prepared by the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) in collaboration with the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) contains 22 recommendations. “We have identified a […]

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Penalty rates, hidden compliance costs come out in survey

Source: Grapegrower & Winemaker, May 2015, www.winebiz.com.au/gwm A RECENT survey of wine industry employers from across Australia has found the current workplace relations system to be complicated and expensive. Real-life examples from employers were collected earlier in the year by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) in a bid to identify the impact of […]

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Winemakers forced to recruit overseas workers over lack of applications from Adelaide’s jobless

GRAPE growers and winemakers say they are being forced to hire foreign workers because people from Adelaide’s high-unemployment areas seem unwilling to move even temporarily to the country. More than 105,000 temporary work visas were granted by the Department of Immigration to foreign nationals in 2013-14. The South Australian Wine Industry Association has told a […]

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