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Top considerations when hiring freelance staff

While there are many varied responsibilities for those who choose to work in the freelance industry, there are also many benefits.


How small businesses can stay up to date with workplace compliance

By educating your team and getting the help that you need, you can avoid legal consequences of falling foul of workplace compliance rules.


What you can and can’t bequeath on your last will and testament

Business owners need to plan ahead with who to bequeath their business and other assets to in the event of their passing.

Two changes to the casual workforce laws that impact SMEs

Employers should be aware of the minimum wage increase and that casual workers can request full-time status after reaching certain employment conditio…

What to do when you receive a workers’ compensation claim

Incidents can happen even in the most carefully managed workplace so understanding how to deal with a workers’ compensation claim is vital for all bus…

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How to protect your SME when an employee leaves

Whether the parting is amicable or not, any time an employee leaves can be a tricky period that requires careful management.

When should you undertake employee background checks?

Background checks can include investigations into a potential employee’s criminal background, financial history, education and prior employment enga…

How to prepare your business for sale – Part 2

The first step to ensure your business is no longer carrying any liabilities is to do an audit of all potential risks.

How to prepare your business for sale – Part 1

You never know what’s around the corner so it’s worth have a plan in place for selling your business even if that’s not a priority at this moment in t…

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How well do employment contracts hold up in court?

How to maximise the chances of your employment contracts holding up in court, and those instances in which exceptions may apply.

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Terminating employees in their probation period

To ensure fairness an employer should clearly document an employee’s successes or failures during probation.

Can a business refuse service to a same-sex marriage couple?

Celebrants registered after same-sex marriage becomes law would not be exempt from anti-discrimination laws.

Are you adequately protecting your customers’ information?

Protecting your clients’ privacy not only reduces the risk of litigation but also positively influences your customer relationship management.


Are your emails a litigation risk?

The leading cause of embarrassment with emails is the mistake between accidentally hitting reply all when you simply meant to hit reply.

Workplace health and safety

The most common WHS complaints and how to prevent them

Employees falling due to slippery floor surfaces or objects left in harm’s way account for thousands of WHS claims every year.

Key steps that your business can take to ensure corporate compliance

While corporate compliance can seem like an intimidating topic there are several ways to ensure that your business is well within the boundaries of th…


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