Business SA’s telephone advisory service fields hundreds of calls from members every week. We have identified several significant trends in the advice we provide, and to assist businesses avoid common traps in workplace relations we have introduced a series of workplace relations seminars that would be of benefit in minimising legal and financial risks. The seminars are wide ranging and include the following topical issues:
Understanding the risk of using contractors
Many employers use contractors in place of employees and fail to appreciate there are considerable risks if a Court later determines the person was in reality an employee. These risks include, underpayment of wages and conditions, Superannuation contributions, PAYG taxation payments, Payroll tax, and sham arrangement prosecutions. We are conducting a seminar at Business SA on Tuesday 13 September, 9.00am to 11.00am to explain the difference between employees and contractors and assist employers understand the risks that can arise in contracting arrangements.
Why do businesses need Enterprise Agreements? Unions are increasingly urging employers to negotiate for Enterprise Agreements and many employers may question what are the reasons for having an Enterprise Agreement and must they have one. Employers ask for assistance in understanding the advantages and disadvantages in negotiating with employees and unions for an Agreement and whether they can be forced by the union to have an Agreement. To help employers understand this complex area Business SA will be conducting a seminar on deciding to make or continue an Enterprise Agreement on Friday 23 September from 9.00am to 11.00am.
Meet and Greet Business SA Specialists
The world of Workplace Relations is constantly changing and HR managers have asked for a forum to update them on the latest trends and developments. To address this need Business SA will conduct regular briefing sessions on topical WR issues and how legislative and common law changes affect those in the HR area. The first session will take place on Thursday 29 September from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Join us for an informative update on topical issues followed by drinks and nibbles and an opportunity to speak to our consultants and other HR practitioners.
Union Right of Entry
With the introduction of the Workplace Relations Act 2009 unions gained increased legislative rights of entry to businesses. Since then a number of decisions of Fair Work Australia have shaped how these powers affect employers. On Wednesday 5 October Business SA will conduct a seminar from 9.00am to 11.00am to explain how union right of entry works.
Call Business SA on 8300 0103 for further information or to register for any of these seminars.