Workplace

TRADIE WORK SPIKES WITH HOME RENOVATIONS

QUEENSLANDERS are taking the plunge and renovating their homes in droves, with more than 57,000 renovations at an average cost of $33,000 each in FY15. Master Builders deputy executive director Paul Bidwell says renewed interest has driven more work than some builders could handle, particularly in south-east Queensland. "Across t...

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FAIR WORK NABS TOWNSVILLE BUSINESSES

A TOWNSVILLE fast food café has been ordered to back-pay eight employees, after the Fair Work Ombudsman found the business had inadvertently short-changed them. The staff were underpaid their minimum hourly rates, weekend and overtime penalty rates last financial year. The business owners have voluntarily reimbursed all outstan...

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GEN-Y MEANS BUSINESS

YOUNG business owners in Australia have increased substantially in the last 12 months, according to the Bankwest Business Trends report.

The men and women of Generation-Y make up the majority of more than 15,000 new business owners, a rise in 8.5 per cent from 2013.

Bankwest executive general manager of business banking Sinead Taylo...

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SMALL BUSINESS LEAVING FRAUD DOOR WIDE OPEN

SMALL business could fall victim to fraud if they fail to protect themselves from opportunistic employees. Leo Tutt, the head of the Audit Focus Group at William Buck says many SMEs are overlooking basic control procedures. “Across our firm, there’s no doubt we’re hearing about more cases of employee fraud than ever bef...

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PUTTING PERMANENCY BACK INTO PLACEMENT

 IN TODAY’S dynamic marketplace it’s not always easy to stand out from your competitors. However recruitment group Drake International says one of the best ways for businesses to differentiate in this market, is by gaining and retaining efficient and productive staff.  “With many s...

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