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Welcome to the first edition of the Workforce Guardian HR Newsletter for the 2015 financial year.

To kick of the year, I'm very pleased to share with you two very important announcements.

Firstly, we're delighted to officially welcome a new face to Workforce Guardian's rapidly growing team. Kon Vrakatselis has now joined us as our National Business Development Manager, with lead responsibility for our fully-upgraded Partner Program and strategic partner channels. Kon is an experienced and highly-regarded HR professional with a full appreciation of the HR challenges faced by Australia's employers, and it's my pleasure to officially welcome him to Workforce Guardian.

In keeping with this 'fresh start' theme, I'm also very pleased to confirm that our major platform upgrade project is now in its final stages. Soon, all subscribers will enjoy access to our upgraded suite of services, including the ability to access a number of new products for the very first time. This upgrade, together with our new Partner Program and products, will ensure Workforce Guardian remains Australia's leading HR service for employers. 

Thank you for your continued support, and I hope this new year is as equally exciting and successful for you and your business.

Warm regards,

David Bates BA (Govt) LL.B (Hons) 

Managing Director


The biggest upgrade project in the history of Workforce Guardian is almost complete, with a wide a range of improvements to existing features and many exciting new features arriving soon.

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Testing will continue throughout July and August, with training for all subscribers to commence in late August and September to assist with transition.

Find out more about the top 20 new features and improvements to existing services > More



The Workforce Guardian Team continues to grow with Kon Vrakatselis appointed as our new National Business Development Manager.

Kon Vrakatselis

Kon w
ill lead the ongoing development of our Partner Program, which includes over 300 leading companies, associations, accountants, bookkeepers, and business advisors right around Australia.

Kon is an experienced and highly-regarded HR professional with a full appreciations of the HR challenges faced by Australia's employers. His previous roles include 
Managing Director & Senior Consultant at VTree Consulting Group and Business Enterprise Centre Manager at the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Welcome to the team Kon!

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Workforce Guardian Subscriber Wins
Telstra National Business Award

Workforce Guardian is proud to congratulate one of our long term subscribers, Becker Helicopters, for their win at the Telstra National Business Awards > More

Independent contractor vs employee: you need to get it right
Too many employers still assume that as long as a person has an ABN, they can safely be engaged as an independent contractor. Wrong. A Roy Morgan Group Company recently found out the hard way this week with penalties of more than $300,000. > More

An important reminder about adverse action
If an employer takes, or even threatens to take, any form of 'adverse action' against an employee because they exercise a workplace right, they face the risk of extremely expensive, time-consuming, and complex legal action > More

Are Commission-Only Contracts Legal
Apart from a very small number of specific exceptions, employees who receive a commission must still have their wages 'topped-up' to at least the national minimum wage More

The Fair Work laws: is blissful ignorance saving the day?
Recent events have got me thinking…what if the only reason our economy keeps ticking along is because most people are just ignoring the hopelessly complex Fair Work laws? Read more in the latest Workforce Guardian HR Blog on Switzer > More

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Check out the new features page on our website to discover more about the benefits to small to medium businesses from our range of Workforce Guardian HR Solutions > More



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