Online Medical Certificates. Good Or Bad Idea?

Why are employers still asking for medical certificates?

What are your thoughts on medical certificates? Are they something useful, and necessary to "prove" that an employee is unfit for work? Or, are they one of those "we have always done it" things? What if you received a certificate from the Melbourne based online doctor, Qoctor?

Aren't All Certificates The Same?

My go-to "expert" has a few things to say on this matter. If I understand the article correctly, he isn't a fan of them. In fact, I would go further and suggest that he doesn't think they are worth the paper they are written on. Sadly, this 'expert' doesn't appear to have a modern view on this. Read More

Workplace Investigation and the Support Person

Support person. It is one of those areas of workplace investigations that causes no end of confusion. This article will discuss the finer points of having a support person present during a workplace investigation. Though, before we get to that, we need to understand what a support person is. Section 387(d) of the Fair Work Act 2009 states
any unreasonable refusal by the employer to allow the person to have a support person present to assist at any discussions relating to dismissal; and
This has been further clarified by the Full Bench decision in the V.A.T.E v de Laps [2014] FWCFB 613 In layman's terms, a support person is there to 'support' the person, not be their 'advocate'. Read More

Introduction to workplace investigations

IR Simplified: Workplace InvestigationsWhat do you know about workplace investigations, and could you do one? Before you break out the magnifying glass, pipe, and deerstalker's cap, there are a few things you need to know. To begin with, workplace investigations are something that should be taken seriously. Though that doesn't mean that every investigation will be an inquisition. By the same token, it also doesn't mean everyone can be a 'workplace investigator'. Read More

Why I Don’t Agree With The Penalty Rate Decision

IR Simplified Penalty Rates DecisionThe FWC's decision to reduce penalty rates has divided the industrial relations 'community'. The pundits claim that the decision will help small business, and increase employment. Discussion around the decision has created a false dichotomy. If you support the decision you are anti-worker. And, if you disagree with it, you are anti-business. It also highlights one of the reasons why industrial relations in Australia is the way that it is. The reality of the decision is that it will do very little to support small business, and could quite possibly be to it's detriment. Read More

Hiring Your First Employee

IR Simplified Your New Employee

IR Simplified: Read this before you hire your first employee

Your backyard, or hobby business has grown to the point where you need to expand to survive. Expansion means hiring staff. Though before you place that job ad in seek, there are a few things that you need to consider. While employing staff can be a good thing for your business, if they


It goes without saying that before you actually hire someone, you need to work out if you can afford to do it. Depending on how many hours per week you are employing someone, full time is usually the most cost effective option. Keep in mind you the wage of the employee(s) won't be the only expense. Read More

Stop Being Scared Of Unfair Dismissal

Unfair Dismissal applications aren't always about "go away" money

Unfair dismissal. Two words that are enough to make a business owner break out into a cold sweat. Or, so we are told. What would you say if I told you that businesses shouldn't be scared of unfair dismissal? In fact, I believe that they should embrace it, and grow from the experience.

Why Is An Application Made?

What makes a former employee lodge an unfair dismissal application against your business? Let me tell you that it isn't to score a quick buck in "go away money". Read More