Human resource lesson for McLaren Vale women

The minefield of human resource management was the topic for the latest Women in Business Regional Network dinner at Meeting Place McLaren Vale.

The guest speaker was network member Mary-Lou Griffiths from MLG Consulting who outlined recent legislation and court cases that had paved the way for changes to the way casuals could be classified and paid in terms of their leave and superannuation entitlements.

Mary-Lou spoke at length, and answered many questions, about the need for detailed paperwork when engaging staff.  This included providing them with an employment contract which outlined their entitlements and their role, as well as policies and procedures for a range of day-to-day considerations including motor vehicle use, leave and confidentiality.

She said issues often arose between staff and management or between a business and a sub-contractor simply because the arrangements and expectations hadn’t been made clear between the parties in the first instance.

A number of attendees also sought clarification on the differences between sub-contractors and employees as some were currently acting in a contractor capacity and were unsure of their legal position.

Mary-Lou also updated those at the dinner with the latest news on challenges to sick leave entitlements for staff who work more than 7.6 hours a day and moves to bring some employment categories into line with the standard long service leave provisions.

The dinner provided a great opportunity to welcome the network’s 100th member, Moira Were AM from Chooks SA who has been a big supporter of the network since before it began.  Her Chooks SA network, which works towards closing the gender investment gap in start-ups and social enterprises.

The next McLaren Vale function will be a lunch at Angoves McLaren Vale on Wednesday, June 3 when business planning will be discussed, including why you need a business plan and how to easily put together a basic strategic plan for your business.

The next dinner will be held on Tuesday, July 23 when Steve Shotton from Regional Development Australia Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island will be talking about the local economy and how the RDA can assist small businesses in the region.