performance improvement plan

When is a PIP (performance improvement plan) bullying or adverse action?

By Stephen Arulogun | August 2, 2022

What is a performance improvement plan (PIP)? A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) is a document that sets out examples of employee behaviour or action that is causing an issue in the workplace and what the employee needs to do to improve it. It may be used to address failures to meet specific job goals or to ameliorate…

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Yes, your boss can give you a return to work or the workplace direction

By Stephen Arulogun | July 21, 2022

This is a warning to office workers that your bosses can compel you to show up at the office even in the face of surging COVID-19 cases. The widespread transmission of COVID-19 and influenza cases is leading to a spike in personal leave being taken by employees nationwide. However, in the absence of Government directives,…


Can my employer make deductions from my wages without permission?

By Stephen Arulogun | August 6, 2021

Employees are entitled to be paid out all accrued annual leave and annual leave loading entitlements upon termination of their employment, whether the employment is terminated by resignation or otherwise. Under section 90(2) of the Fair Work Act 2009, when an employee’s employment ends, annual leave of the amount payable had the employee taken the…


Are independent contractors entitled to WorkCover protection and superannuation?

By Stephen Arulogun | August 6, 2021

Employees are entitled to superannuation payments and workers compensation under their employment. On the other hand, independent contractors are not always covered in the same way and may not receive these entitlements. Generally, an independent contractor would be expected to cover their own superannuation contributions and personal injury insurance, as well as manage their own…

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Difference between Bonus and Incentives

By Stephen Arulogun | June 26, 2021

Bonus vs incentives, what are the differences? Employee bonuses and incentives are two of the most widely used terms in employment. Both of these terms are very familiar to employees as they receive bonuses and incentives as part of their remuneration. The purpose of bonuses and incentives is to motivate employees to achieve set targets…

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Can my employer take away my responsibilities if I am temporarily absent from work?

By Stephen Arulogun | June 4, 2021

Temporary illness or injury resulting in absence from work is stressful enough. This stress is made worse if your employer is less than understanding and breaches your general protections under Australian industrial relations law by dismissing you because you are temporarily absent from work because of illness or injury. Unfortunately, this occurs all too often…