21 August Mid-year employment review: Ask yourself these questions August 21, 2017 By Reef Admin General 0 When was the last time you took the time to review your agency's employment and HR arrangements for legal and best practice compliance? Here are some questions you should ask yourself. Do you have a written and signed employment contract with each of your employees? Where you have a commission, bonus or incentive payment agreement with an employee, is the agreement in writing and signed? Do you issue pay slips to employees within one day of them being paid and do they conform with legal standards? Are employees properly classified under the relevant Award and is their rate of pay at least the minimum rate for that classification? Have employees under the Clerks – Private Sector Award been advised in writing of their classification? Where an employee is engaged on a commission-only basis, do they meet the qualifying criteria? Do you meet your superannuation obligations within the statutory timeframe? Do you maintain accurate leave records for each employee? Do you provide every employee with access to a copy of the relevant Award and National Employment Standards? Do you provide every new employee with a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement when they start employment? Are Certificates of Registration, Licences and CPD requirements up to date for all operational employees? Do you have appropriate WHS policies in place, including a policy statement, consultation procedure and safe work method statement? If your answer to any of these questions is "no", you'll need to implement remedial action to reduce your employment risk. If you need assistance with these review elements, you can speak to one of our Workplace Relations Advisors by calling 1300 616 170. GREG PATERSON REEF Membership Services Director Related Keeping post-employment restraints intact Enforcing a post-employment restraint can be extremely complex – and expensive! Matthew Robinson provides tips to help members through the process and maximise their chances of success. Court finds 15km post-employment restraint reasonable One of the most common problems faced by real estate employers is what to do to protect the commercial goodwill of the business from exploitation by ex-employees. REEF's Workplace Relations Advisor, Laura Clark, examines this all to common problem and details a recent Supreme Court case where a real estate employer successfully had a post-employment restraint upheld. A message from the CEO: Employment contracts A question REEF CEO Bryan Wilcox is often asked with whether workplace policies should be included in employment contracts. Here, he explains why it's not recommended. Challenging an employee's post-employment conduct Before challenging a former employee's post-employment conduct, you have to be sure your own house is in order. One employer found out the hard way. What is the MITA: Qualifying for commission-only employment A new acronym is about to enter the real estate industry's lexicon. From 2 April 2018, references to commission-only employment will be uttered in the same breath as "MITA" – Minimum Income Threshold Amount. The value of post-employment restraints It's a common misconception that a post-employment restraint in an employee's contract of employment isn't worth the paper it's written on. But what if you don't include one? What are the consequences? Comments are closed.