What do you do when one of your employees keeps getting sick, over & over again? Here are some basic tips about your rights and obligations.
When hiring staff, it’s important for employers to give thought to a range of issues. Our business lawyers can make sure you get it right.
How much do labour employment cost?
Use our online calculator to estimate the cost of an employment lawyer.Cost of an employment Lawyer
Hiring staff - Why you need a lawyer
Ensuring employers comply with laws
As an employer, it is critical that you meet Australian laws when hiring staff. This may be regarding not discriminating when hiring, checking their licences and qualifications, paying your staff the right amount, paying their superannuation and tax, keeping the required records, and much more. We can assist you in ensuring you hire staff in line with the law so you can feel confident that you are complying with the law.
Helping you understand the recruitment process
Before you begin hiring staff, you must understand the steps required for the recruitment process. You should seek the right employees for your business, ensure you get the best out of your team and understand your responsibilities as their employer. This process can often become overwhelming, particularly if you are hiring multiple staff at once. A lawyer can guide you through the process, ensuring you follow each step correctly.
Educating employers on their legal obligations
As an employer, it is important you have an understanding of your obligations when you are hiring and managing staff, such as payroll tax, superannuation, leave, WorkCover insurance, workplace health and safety and more. A lawyer can educate you on what is required of you throughout the process so you can reduce the chance of costly workplace issues or disputes arising later down the track.
Frequently asked questions
- Permanent employees (full-time or part-time);
- Casual employees;
- Trainees or apprentices;
- Contractors; or
- Temporary employees.
- Employee hiring and termination;
- Pay as you go (PAYG);
- WorkCover insurance;
- Anti-discrimination and equal employment opportunities for all individuals;
- Awards, pay rates, leave, entitlements for employees;
- Payroll tax; and
- Work health and safety.
1. Registering yourself as an employer.
2. Having an understanding of employment laws.
3. Writing a job description.
4. Advertising the job.
5. Creating a shortlist of potential candidates.
6. Conducting interviews.
7. Making a job offer.
8. Checking your responsibilities as the employer.
9. Waiting for the employee to accept the offer.
10. Evaluating the employee’s performance over time.
- A candidate has employment gaps they cannot explain;
- There are errors or lack of attention to detail in the candidate’s resume or cover letter;
- A candidate has a generic cover letter that could be used to apply for any job;
- Candidates are overly emotional in an interview;
- Candidates display unprofessional behaviour or arrogance during an interview; or
- Candidates aren’t willing to provide details or required documents.
- Having a sense of purpose and knowing their work is helping others;
- Having a sense of flexibility over when, where and how they work;
- Being able to look after their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing;
- Working in an environment that treats every worker equally;
- Feeling empowered by the work they are doing;
- Having opportunities to learn new skills in the workplace;
- Feeling like every worker’s voice is valid and appreciated;
- Having tasks that challenge them; and
- Feeling accepted and like they belong.
If you believe your workplace could help an employee achieve any of the above, you should try to integrate these elements into your job ad when you are hiring staff.
Why choose us
We will tell you the truth at all times
We will be honest with you about your prospects of success, issues that arise or the commercial viability of your matter. The first time you come to see us, we will tell you whether you even need a lawyer.
We will respect you and your situation
Our job is not to judge anything you may have done. Our job is to guide your matter and actions moving forward to give you the best possible outcome for you, both legally and personally.
We will listen and understand your needs
We will hear not just what you want to achieve, but why you want to achieve it. We will tell you what you need to do to achieve the outcome you are after, legally, practically and emotionally.
We will stand by you all the way
Your matter doesn’t finish once a court order has been made. We will stay on your matter right up until all of the outstanding issues have been dealt with and the court orders are complied with.
Trusted by thousands of clients
I needed a lawyer I could trust. And I trusted Forge completely.
In our most stressful times Forge’s lawyers guided us through.
I was surprised by Forge’s complete service. They were so much more than just great lawyers.
Need to talk to a lawyer?
Please contact us to find out more about how our award-winning and respected lawyers can make a positive difference to your business.
Your enquiry is confidential