True business accounting is about so much more than just tax returns and compliance. It’s about looking beyond the numbers to ensure that while your business is meeting its full potential, both you and your employees feel safe and enjoy being at work.
As we enter a new financial year, we’re working closely with our clients to ensure that their businesses are meeting all the new ATO regulations for the year, including Pay Rates and Single Touch Payroll. While this does fall under ‘compliance’, it leads us down the path to explore employee contracts, working with Adelaide’s best commercial lawyers to provide you the best legal advice for the future.
Throughout the years, we’ve seen a number of issues with employee contracts, the biggest being the use of templated contracts. Using these templates without customising them to your particular industry or award conditions can leave an employer vulnerable when working with a staff member who may need to be reprimanded for indecent actions.
Your Business Needs Customised Employee Contracts
As society shifts to a stronger online presence with more and more social media platforms in use, it’s important to make sure you can control what’s being uploaded about your business. Once it’s up there, it’s nearly impossible to take back.
Gone are the days of having a whinge about your job at the pub with a mate. This used to be an isolated chat between 2 people, who would often check first to make sure they didn’t know anyone else around and couldn’t be heard. Nothing was written down, and it would stay between those few people and that would be the end of it.
We all need to vent our frustrations every once in a while. It’s only natural, and you’ll never be able to stop your employees getting annoyed at certain things about their jobs. But now these complaints have gone digital, and employees are posting slanderous comments about you and your business on social media for everyone to see.
And this is one of the biggest issues we’re facing with our clients: how to rein this behaviour in to make it unacceptable and a grounds for formal warnings or even dismissal.
If you’re using a templated employee contract, it’s very likely that it doesn’t include a social media clause. Without that clause it can be very difficult and messy for you when you’re trying to control a situation when an employee disparages your business online.
Social media isn’t going away – it’s just going to be bigger. And while people are starting to get much more savvy with privacy and understanding their consequences, we can’t assume that your employees will always do the right thing.
More Ways Business Accountants Can Help With Employee Management
As we said before, at Bartley Partners, we’re so much more than numbers. We review a full range of employee management issues and needs that directly affect businesses like yours and offer viable and efficient solutions.
Employee Contracts and Policies
We work closely with you to learn about your business and employees. From there, we set up your employment contracts, employer policies and human resource processes and procedures. Always customised to your business needs, these can help you manage your employees with ease.
When it comes to small businesses who are not large enough to need an entire human resource staff member or department, it’s still important to have a firm understanding of how your business will handle anything that would normally fall into this category.
Employee Management & Dispute Resolution
Creating a team of people in a work environment and expecting everyone to get along and be best friends is a naive expectation. Just because your team are all working in the same industry, doesn’t mean their goals, backgrounds and demeanor will all be the same. You’ll always have times when your team will butt heads – and that’s okay.
It’s when things between particular staff members start to get serious that you need a plan in place to help everyone cool off, find a way to work together, and shift focus back to the work at hand.
We provide an outsourced complaints handling process for your employees, giving them an avenue outside their direct chain of command to make serious complaints about misconduct, harassment or other breaches.
As with any business, there are still numbers to be taken care of at the end of the day.
The team at Bartley Partners are experts in setting up your payroll system, automated super payments, single touch payroll, TOIL capture system, portable long service leave for the construction industry and workcover registrations.
We’re on top of all ATO regulation to make sure that you meet the award conditions and any industry specific issues.
Ensuring that you’re paying your employees correctly and on time is fundamental in keeping them happy and positive in the workplace. It also means you won’t find yourself in any hot water with the ATO and can avoid additional financial penalties.