Every small to medium business faces the challenge of effectively managing its employees. In a world of ever-changing legislation and complicated human resources policies, this can lead to quite a headache and mountains of paperwork.

Emma Watt makes all the pain go away.

Emma is an experienced independent industrial and employee relations consultant who specialises in helping small to medium business owners and managers work out suitable human resources strategies. She knows how the system works from end-to-end, has all the latest legislation at her fingertips, and understands the jargon.

Workplace Untangler

In the event things get messy, Emma can help sort them out with a minimum of fuss. She empowers business owners so they can:

•   Make decisions based on all the facts
•   Identify their rights and obligations
•   Protect themselves from potentially expensive action
•   Nip in the bud any industrial relations problems before they spiral out of control
•   Effectively manage human resources

Emma also supplies a wide range of support services for small to medium business employers—including drafting of documentation, occupational health & safety audits, negotiations, liaison with unions and appearances before Fair Work Australia.

Some of Emma's clients include the following employer associations, whose members enjoy the benefit of Emma's industrial relations advice and support:

    * Australian Furniture Association - www.australianfurniture.org.au
    * Timber Merchants Association (Vic) - www.timber.asn.au
    * Cabinet Makers Associations - www.cmavic.com.au
    * Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association Australia - www.ftmaaustralia.com.au
    * Australian Timber Flooring Association - www.atfa.com.au

Contact Emma for a no-obligation discussion of your needs.

Cashing in untaken personal leave in the timber industry

Emma Watt - Tuesday, November 05, 2013

The federal award covering timber workers has contained some form of a provision that allowed employees to cash in a portion of their accrued but untaken personal/carer’s leave since the mid 1970’s.  Personal/carer’s leave is what used to be known as sick leave.  This award provision was introduced in an attempt to help manage absenteeism, on the understanding that if employees can see a benefit in not taking ‘sickies’, this will help businesses run on a day-to-day basis. ...read more

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