People and SMEs – An Overview of HR Requirements

If you employ people in your business, you need to be aware of your legal obligations and requirements around human resource (HR) management.

Here are some of the things to consider:

  • Type of employment you are offering – whether full-time, part-time, casual, temporary, contractor, or under a traineeship or apprenticeship. It’s important to be aware here that employers may be breaking the law if they insist on their regular workers being independent contractors.
  • Awards and rates of pay – more information on these matters can be found at the Fair Work website.
  • Superannuation – employers are legally bound to pay an amount of 9.5% of an employee’s gross wages into a valid superannuation fund.
  • Workers compensation insurance – as soon as you employ someone in your business, you will need to pay this insurance in case of workplace accidents, injuries or deaths.

Other matters to consider include recruitment processes and attracting the right employees, providing on-the-job or external training, providing flexible working hours, and conducting performance reviews for your staff. Clear and open communication in the workplace also helps to create a positive and safe environment where staff are more likely to stay long-term.

More information on your legal obligations for human resources can be found at the Fair Work Commission website.

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