The HRM Soapbox

Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) monitoring the activities of HR Advisers; Manager and Recruiters…28-Jul-2016

The Fair Work Ombudsman recently addressed the Human Resources Institute and in that speech this.. read more

Weak Economic Growth has lowest CPI in 17 years…28-Jul-2016

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.4 per cent in the June quarter 2016, according to the late.. read more

Consumer Price Index (CPI) rises 0.5 per cent28-Oct-2015

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures show the Consumer Price Index (CPI) ros.. read more

Minimum Wage (rates) are changing29-Jun-2015

The team at HRM Consulting wish to remind ALL businesses that the National Minimum Wage is about.. read more

FWC review of modern awards — Annual Leave11-Jun-2015

The Fair Work Commission has been considering variations to the Modern Awards in relation to pai.. read more

Minimum Wage set to increase by 2.5%05-Jun-2015

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.5% increase to minimum wages. The minimum wage .. read more

Industrial Disputes on the decrease04-Jun-2015

In a recent report, the level of Industrial Disputes in Australia has reduced. During the year e.. read more

Australia's unemployment rate increased to 6.2 per cent in April 201507-May-2015

It is estimated that Australia's unemployment rate will increase by 0.1% to 6.2% for April 2015,.. read more

CPI rises 0.2 per cent in March quarter 201522-Apr-2015

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.2% in the March quarter 2015. This meant that for the year.. read more

Australia's unemployment rate now at 6.3 per cent11-Dec-2014

The unemployment rate again increased although only by less than 0.1% and is now sitting at 6.3%.. read more

Consumer Price Index (CPI) increases by 0.5% 22-Oct-2014

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.5% in the September quarter 2014. This follows a rise of 0.. read more

Unemployment rate has increased to 6.0%10-Jul-2014

Australia's unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 6% in June 2014, as announce.. read more

New Anti-Bullying Laws not being fully utilised04-Jul-2014

At the introduction of the Fair Work Commissions anti-bullying processes, it was anticipated tha.. read more

The new financial year and the pay-related changes27-Jun-2014

To help you prepare for changes effective from July 1, the following are some key matters you ne.. read more

Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.8% - May 201412-Jun-2014

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady at 5.8% in May 2014, however .. read more

Industrial Disputes on the decline05-Jun-2014

Industrial Disputes in Australia are the lowest that they have been since June quarter 2007. For.. read more

Fair Work Commision announces increase to minimum wages04-Jun-2014

The Fair Work Commission today handed down its decision re the National Minimum Wage [case]. Eff.. read more

Real Median weekly earnings decrease04-Jun-2014

The median earnings in August 2013, for employees in their main job was $950 per week. This repr.. read more

Australia's unemployment rate remained steady at 5.8% in April 201408-May-2014

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady at 5.8 per cent in April 2014... read more

Consumer Price Index (CPI) rises by 0.06% for March quarter23-Apr-2014

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.6% in the March quarter 2014, following a rise of 0.8% in .. read more

Consumer Price Index (CPI) rises 1.2% - Sept Quarter24-Oct-2013

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.2 per cent in the September quarter 2013, compared with a rise.. read more

Australia's unemployment rate decreased to 5.6 per cent in September 201310-Oct-2013

The latest ABS report shows that Australia's [seasonally adjusted] unemployment rate decreased 0.. read more

FWC decision - Transitional Review Annual Leave Provisions02-Sep-2013

A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) issued a decision regarding 'annual leave claims'.. read more

Consumer Price Index (CPI) rises 0.4% - June Quarter24-Jul-2013

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.4 per cent in the June quarter 2013, compared with a rise of 0.. read more

Australia's unemployment rate increased to 5.7% in June 201311-Jul-2013

Australia's [seasonally adjusted] unemployment rate increased 0.2 percentage points to 5.7% in June... read more

SEEK Employment Index11-Jul-2013

The latest SEEK Employment Index (SEI), released (11 July 2013), shows across Australia, the rat.. read more

National Minimum Wage to increase by 2.6% from 1 July 201325-Jun-2013

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) announced that an increase of 2.6% in the national minimum wage w.. read more

Australia's unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4 per cent in February 201314-Mar-2013

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4 per cent in February, a.. read more

ABS Report shows increase in persons not in the Workforce07-Mar-2013

An Australian Bureau of Statistics report commissioned in September 2012, shows there were 106,6.. read more

Industrial Relations Landscape to change in 201328-Feb-2013

It seems as though 2013 is set for change particularly with regards Industrial Relations. These .. read more

Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4 per cent in January 201307-Feb-2013

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4 per cent in January, as.. read more

CPI December quarter 2012 rises 0.2 per cent05-Feb-2013

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.2 per cent in the December quarter 2012, compared with a r.. read more

Australia's unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 5.4 per cent in December 201217-Jan-2013

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 5.4 per cen.. read more

Long-term unemployment remains steady16-Jan-2013

Almost one in five (19.6 per cent) of unemployed people in July 2012 were unemployed for one yea.. read more

Economists predict increased Unemploment for 201315-Jan-2013

It seems that jobseekers may be in for a rough time in 2013, as the latest official employment f.. read more

Fair Work Amendment Act 201219-Dec-2012

The Fair Work Amendment Act 2012 has now received royal assent. From 1 January 2013 a number of.. read more

Australia's unemployment rate decreased 1% to 5.2% in November 201206-Dec-2012

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage point to 5.2 per cent.. read more

CPI September quarter 2012 rises 1.4%24-Oct-2012

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.4% in the September quarter 2012, compared with a rise of .. read more

Day Light Savings 201224-Sep-2012

Daylight saving begins in NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS and SA on Sunday 7 October 2012 at 2:00 am, when cl.. read more

Living Away From Home Allowance (LAHFA) Update24-Sep-2012

The legislation making changes to the LAFHA rules passed through both houses of Parliament last .. read more

Official Figures show average weekly earnings have risen16-Aug-2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics' quarterly survey, released on Thursday, showed 'Average Wee.. read more

FWA review is in, but Industry is not happy08-Aug-2012

The long-awaited review of the Fair Work Act was unveiled by Workplace Relations Minister Bill S.. read more

Injury rates for Casual Employees on the rise07-Aug-2012

According to a recently released Safe Work Australia (SWA) report, casual workers recorded a wor.. read more

ATO promotes better practices for managing specific fringe benefit types 25-Jul-2012

The ATO has released a new guide for managing certain fringe benefits - such as cars, car parki.. read more

Fathers set to receive two weeks 'PAID' Parental Leave27-Jun-2012

Parliament has ammended the Federal Government's [paid] Parental Leave Scheme. This means t.. read more

NSW Government set to make changes to WorkCover19-Jun-2012

The NSW Government's WorkCover overhaul is set to cap weekly benefits and exclude injuries susta.. read more

National Minimum Wage and Award rate increases13-Jun-2012

On 1 June 2012, the Minimum Wage Panel issued its Annual Wage Review 2011-12 Decision to vary mo.. read more

Australia's Unemployment Rate increased to 5.1% in May 201207-Jun-2012

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.2 percentage points to 5.1% in May.. read more

CPI March quarter 2012 increases 0.1%24-Apr-2012

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.1% in the March quarter 2012, compared with no change.. read more

Federal Government Incentivises Recruitment of Older Workers20-Apr-2012

The federal government has announced that from 1 July it will pay $1,000 to businesses which emp.. read more

Latest ABS report shows an increase in days lost due to Industrial Disputes12-Mar-2012

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report has revealed there was a sharp increase .. read more

457 Visas under greater scrutiny01-Mar-2012

Recent reports indicate that the Department of Immigration’s monitoring of 457 visa sponso.. read more

Reforms to the Living Away from Home Allowance (LAHFA)27-Feb-2012

On 29 November 2011, the government announced it will introduce reforms to stop individuals from.. read more

Surprise drop in January's unemployment figures17-Feb-2012

Despite economic commentators expecting a slight increase, Australia’s seasonally adjusted.. read more

Qantas in the news again and not for any positive reasons!!!16-Feb-2012

It is expected that Qantas will announce the closure of a Victorian maintenance plant along with.. read more

AstraZeneca to cut 7300 jobs03-Feb-2012

Drug maker AstraZeneca says it will cut another 7300 jobs (globally) and has warned of a tough y.. read more

Company 'wound up' to avoid workplace penalties03-Feb-2012

It seems that the owners of a Sydney printing company, who discriminated against an employee bec.. read more

Community Sector win Equal Pay decision02-Feb-2012

Community Sector workers today received a tidy winfall as the workforce, mostly female, were awa.. read more

Printing Company fined for Terminating Pregnant Woman02-Feb-2012

In what is seen as the first preganancy discrimination case (under the national workplace laws),.. read more

Consumer Price Index (CPI) remains Unchanged25-Jan-2012

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) was unchanged in the December quarter 2011, compared with a rise .. read more

Long-Term Unemployment (rates) Rise24-Jan-2012

The percentage of long-term unemployed (people unemployed for one year or more) was 19% in July .. read more

Jobs Index provides good finish to 201123-Jan-2012

An overall increase of 3.4% in advertised jobs was seen in December 2011. This ends what was a y.. read more

Unemployment Rate at 5.2% in December20-Jan-2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that Australia's seasonally adjusted unemploy.. read more

Fair Work Ombudsman targeting 'Sham Contracts'16-Jan-2012

The findings of the Fair Work Ombudsman's investigation into sham contracting and the misclassif.. read more

Reports of vacancy rates suggest higher unemployment11-Jan-2012

Reductions in job vacancies in towards the end of 2011 flags a warning that the unemployment rat.. read more

This year you must manage effective Industrial Relations practices03-Jan-2012

Industrial relations experts have warned that IR is set to remain firmly on the agenda throughou.. read more

To help you into the new year, here are '5' key initiatives to consider02-Jan-2012

It has been a turbulent, and in some ways unpredictable year for business – national and i.. read more

Australian workers expecting pay rises21-Dec-2011

New research has revealed a full two-thirds of Australian employees don’t believe their sa.. read more

Ensuring Staff 'Fit' into the Organisation23-Nov-2011

Organisations are increasingly looking to ‘vocational assessments’ as a constructive.. read more

Organisations are not effectively preparing employees for future success22-Nov-2011

A new report has indicated that 58% of Australian employees don't believe employers have groomed.. read more

Shorter after-school shifts in retail28-Sep-2011

Fair Work Australia (FWA) has varied the General Retail Industry Award to allow 90 minute a.. read more

Stronger Super28-Sep-2011

Overview of Reforms MySuper From 1 July 2013 funds will be able to offer a simple, low cost defa.. read more

Company fined after worker fatally injured in industrial blender21-Sep-2011

A Western Sydney manufacturing company and its director have been fined a total of $127,400 and .. read more

Freedom of Information changes15-Sep-2011

On 1 May 2011, changes were made to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). These ch.. read more

Employee found guilty of worker’s compensation fraud 05-Sep-2011

A dock worker has been found guilty of workers compensation fraud after a WorkCover investi.. read more

Fair Work Act processes must be understood16-Aug-2011

Employment Law experts are advising business owners to ensure they understand redundancy requirement.. read more

How much notice do I give staff?10-Aug-2011

Notice of termination is part of the National Employment Standards (NES) (http://www.fairw.. read more

Lack of Industrial Relations knowledge compunds dispute numbers08-Aug-2011

A lack of industrial relations knowledge has compounded the number of industrial disputes curren.. read more

Have Employees received a Fair Work Information Statement?01-Aug-2011

As of January 2010, all employers covered by the national workplace relations system must g.. read more

HR Outsourcing on the Rise28-Jul-2011

The broad adoption of HR outsourcing across Asia-Pacific has emerged as the main finding of regional.. read more

Manager attitudes key to paid parental leave success26-Jul-2011

Manager attitudes and not organisational policies alone will determine the success of the paid paren.. read more

Workplace Health & Safety Legislation14-Jul-2011

Safe Work Australia is developing model work health and safety laws as part of an initiative of .. read more

Paid Parental leave07-Jul-2011

Australia’s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme came into effect at the start of 201.. read more

Minimum Wage Increase Granted05-Jun-2011

Fair Work Australia (FWA) has granted a $19.40 per week wage increase for those on minimum wages.. read more

Award Modernisation Whitepaper19-Feb-2011

HRM Consulting have created a new whitepaper covering the changes that have occurred from the Award .. read more

Government to Increase Participation Rates02-Feb-2011

The Federal Government flags Welfare Reforms aimed at maximising the ‘participation rate&r.. read more

Introducing the Stronger Superannuation…24-Jan-2011

The Federal Government, in its response to the ‘Super System review’ have announced .. read more

Jobless rate remains steady!!!11-Sep-2009

Australia’s unemployment rate remained steady at 5.8% however it appears that those actively loo.. read more

2009 general Wage-Setting Decision08-Jul-2009

The Australian Fair Pay Commission (AFPC) announced (Tuesday 7th July 2009) its fourth and final.. read more

Labour Force Statistics – changes for the latest reporting period…01-Jul-2009

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the latest ‘Labour force Statistics.’ Lab.. read more

There are ongoing signs confirming the inevitable slowdown in wages growth.08-Jun-2009

The suggestion of an emerging slowdown in [measures of] wages growth would be consistent with th.. read more

The Federal Government provides a new Paid Parental Leave Scheme30-May-2009

As a part of the 2009 Budget, the Treasurer announced a new scheme aimed at benefiting parents f.. read more

Impacts on Superannuation as a result of the Federal Governments Budget – 2009;29-May-2009

Budget 2009 delivered a number of initiatives that will impact upon Business and/or its Employee.. read more

Fair Work Bill 2009 – Australia’s new Workplace Relations System13-Apr-2009

From 1 July 2009 a new workplace relations system will become operational. This system has been .. read more

Fair Work Bill20-Feb-2009

The Minister for Employment & Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard introduced into Parliament the .. read more

Workplace Safety Campaign20-Feb-2009

National workplace safety authorities have committed to a combined effort to reduce Manual Handling .. read more

Fair Pay Commission 2008 Wage Decision14-Feb-2009

In its July 2008 general Wage-Setting Decision, the Australian Fair Pay Commission (AFPC) increa.. read more