Cashing out Annual Leave.

If you are a business owner, small, large, or in between, annual leave can be a major liability. If you do not manage it properly, it can become a problem. When wage rates go up every year, so does your annual leave liability. It makes good business sense to manage it. The recent Fair Work decision enabled employees covered by 122 Awards to cash out their annual leave – a great result for business owners.  Previously, only employees covered under an enterprise agreement were able to.   The decision has taken effect from 29 July 2016. The four main points of change are Cashing out annual leave; Taking leave in advance; Managing excessive leave, and; When to pay annual leave. #1. Cashing out annual leave Employees are now able to cash out annual leave as long as the balance after taking leave is 4 weeks.  The agreement must be in writing. You may not cash out more than 2 weeks in a 12-month cycle. #2. Taking leave in advance This clause enables employees to take leave before they are entitled to the leave and is only allowed if the employee and the employer have an agreement signed by both parties.  In addition, the agreement must state how much leave is to be taken and when it will commence. #3. Managing excessive leave This change comes into effect on 29 July 2017. It enables employers to direct their employee to take leave – provided they meet certain requirements prior to that direction. Fair Work describes excessive leave as more than 8 weeks’ worth, or 10 weeks for a shift worker....

Who can help you?

I ask the question, when you don’t know the answer to a taxation question, you call you accountant, when you have a question about your lease you call you lawyer. So how do you call when you have an issue with managing one of your employees? Most people are stumped over this question; the first answer is usually your lawyer. This response will get you the required outcome if they specialise in employment law, however there will also be significant billable hours coupled with your enquiry. So what can an outsourced human resources professional help you with? Firstly, the majority of the time we come into a company it is because someone has opened Pandora’s box.

# 4. Harassment of a sexual nature

In the blog Harassment HR On Call TM made reference to dedicating an entire blog on sexual harassment.

Let’s just examine the statistics again 1 in 5 people have reported being sexually harassed in the workplace, that is 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men. Sexual harassment does not discriminate it can occur in any occupation in any industry.

Every employee has the right to have a safe working environment free from sexual harassment. When we think of sexual harassment we typically think that the offender is a male, statistics in the Human Rights Commission report into Sexual Harassment confirms this. However, there has been an increase in the proportion of incidents of male to male sexual harassment which has increased to 23 % of claims.