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Working from home – the new normal?

While lockdowns around the world seriously restricted our freedoms, there have been some positives that have resulted. Obviously, I don’t want to downplay the losses of life, livelihoods, businesses and whole industries, however. Family members reconnected as they were together more and not racing around commuting to work, school and other activities. Everyone has a […]

New Hybrid Work Style; Employer Concerns

Covid-19 transformed the workplace as we know it and saw workplaces around the world go online. As the current economic environment is still highly volatile it has seen the hybrid work style rise in popularity, which involves some employees working in the office, others working remotely and some having a combination of both. This approach […]

Running a Business in a Pandemic World

In a world where there is daily panic and businesses are worried about potential losses, supply disruption and liabilities from personal carers leave entitlements for quarantine periods, many organisations feel at a loss to know what to do next. As the Coronavirus, develops stronger global impacts and we start to see repercussive events, illnesses, deaths, […]

First changes with casual conversion and now part time leave changes? Exactly what flexible model of employment can I use?

Having a flexible workforce is an imperative for many businesses. Additionally many workers are looking for casual or part time work to facilitate study, parenthood or work/life balance. One very popular academic model of employment is the ‘Flexible Firm’ where an organisation has a core of permanent full time employees and then a periphery of […]

Part-timers no longer get pro-rata annual leave? What’s the Story?

All subscription clients with CIRCLE Recruitment & HR have already been notified about the changes to the way part time personal Carers Leave is accrued. This is a service some like to pay for, to ensure that they are at the forefront of the latest Human Resource and Industrial Relations issues and have an outsourced […]

Safe Work NSW focus for October 2019

October 2019 is Safe Work Month, nationally, which aims to have us all focus much more on safety at work. However this needs to be our focus every month of the year – October just reminds us! While most of our clients work in office locations, we do have many manufacturing and processing clients as […]

A Time to Pause, Rest and Reflect ?

The Chinese call 2019, the year of the pig. The pig to the Chinese represents luck, good fortune, wealth, honesty and prosperity. However for Australia it seems like 2019 is the year of the sloth, a year to “pause, rest and reflect”. Everyone is doing it ! The chief executive officers of our largest banks […]

Beware… The Casual Worker

Towards the end of last year, there was lots of noise about Casual Employees! There are 2 specific issues: 1. The Workpac Pty Ltd v Skene case which saw a regular and systematic casual, successfully apply to be considered permanent and win back pay, regardless of the fact that the employer had paid the casual […]

Down, Down, Unemployment is Down

  In early October, the Australian Bureau of Statistics issued a statement showing unemployment had fallen from 5.3% to 5.0%. The net increase in employment during September was 5,600 jobs, with strong growth in full-time employment (20,300 people gaining new positions) but a decline in part-time positions. This is the lowest level for unemployment in […]

Three Top Business Tips as Governments (and Prime Ministers) Change

Governments come and governments go, almost as often as we change Prime Minister, but how does a business cope, grow and prosper, despite the constant changes? Ultimately, at the broader level, changes to who is Prime Minister (Rudd to Gillard or Abbott to Turnbull to Morrison) only have an extremely limited impact on business and […]

Looking Up: Growth, Employment And Wages

In 2018, Australia is experiencing its 27th year since the last recession, one of the longest periods of growth experienced by a nation in the modern era. The current year has started well, with many companies hiring new staff, reporting higher sales and increased profitability. Interest rates seem to be on hold, thanks in part […]

Looking Up: Growth, Employment And Wages

In 2018, Australia is experiencing its 27th year since the last recession, one of the longest periods of growth experienced by a nation in the modern era. The current year has started well, with many companies hiring new staff, reporting higher sales and increased profitability.Interest rates seem to be on hold, thanks in part to […]

Working In The Gig Economy – Good Or Bad?

There are many different opinions on the Gig economy as a structure for work. On the positive side, it allows an unregistered marketplace, where people can decide for themselves what they want to buy and sell. It allows individuals who may not have access to specific work to cut through the middle man and sell […]

Single Touch Payroll Starts From 1 July 2018

We have been advising our clients to prepare for single touch payroll for the last 2 years, knowing that it is coming and now here it is! The ATO is changing the way that we employers have to report PAYG and super information to them. This change comes into being from 1 July 2018 and […]

Happy Days – Why The Share Market Correction Is Good News

The global share markets have been extremely volatile, during the past two weeks, largely because of good news. The US economy is gathering pace and steadily growing. In late January, economic data was released, which showed the US economy grew solidly in the December 2017 quarter rounding off a strong year of expansion. Then in early […]

Trumped: A New American President And The Impact On Australian Business

In mid-January 2017, Donald John Trump became the 45th President of the United States of America. Even though you may think the election of an American President has only minimal impact on your life and business, you are wrong. The election of President Trump has major implications, which will unfold potentially over, at least, the next […]

Looking To The Future? But What Is The Future Of Work?

At the start of the year, we are all looking to the future. Planning for our New Year; thinking about where we want to go; planning our futures. As far as your job is concerned, we live in a new age. Gone are the days, where you started your job as a teenager and spent […]

Australia, Work And The 21st Century

In Australia, today, there are just under 12 million people employed out of a population of 24.2 million. That is a statistic which often amazes most people, because it means slightly less than half the nation is working ! What is more interesting but perhaps not as surprising, is the subtle change which has been […]

The Age Of Uncertainty

China, Brexit, the Federal Election and Trump. Financial markets and the economy hate uncertainty and these four issues keep haunting us and undoubtedly will continue to do so for the next year. China’s economy will in all probability continue to slow, Britian’s exit from the European Union is likely to be messy, the results from […]

Unions Seek To Further Restrict Labour Flexibility

In March this year, CIRCLE Recruitment & HR Managing Director, Kathryn MacMillan appeared as a witness in the Four Yearly Review of Modern Awards at the Fair Work Commission, on behalf of the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA). The Australian Council of Trade Unions submitted a Draft Determination to be considered by the Commission, […]

Disruptive Technologies

Disruptive technologies although a trendy catch phrase and bandied about regularly in regards to companies like UBER, is nothing new. From Edison and the electric light back in the 1870’s with the huge disruption that its arrival placed on the gas company’s monopoly of New York city to Tesla Motors with the electric car of […]

Too Much Worry Not Enough Hurry

Two years ago a barrel of oil cost over US$ 100, now it trades around US$ 30, a fall of 70%. Back in the 1980s, economists believed low oil prices were a good thing for many economies including Australia because it had a stimulatory effect. Basically, many businesses are big users of oil (in one […]

Looking To The Future? But What Is The Future Of Work?

At the start of the year, we are all looking to the future. Planning for our New Year; thinking about where we want to go; planning our futures. As far as your job is concerned, we live in a new age. Gone are the days, where you started your job as a teenager and spent […]

Robust growth of part-time employment in Australia

oitRobust growth of part-time employment in Australia Many people believe that over the next decade businesses will need to look at alternative employee pools and offer flexibility to attract and retain new staff. However, significant change is already occurring. During the past twenty years there has been a slow but fundamental shift in the structure […]

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