May 2016


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- Whats New:

1. Major Upgrade: Personnel Files

2. Major Upgrade: Alerts

- Legal Updates:

1. Accounting Firm Faces Court for Role in Underpaying Workers

- Events and Media.


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- HR Blog

- Resources

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Workforce Guardian interview on Switzer 10 May 2016
Sky News Interview - 10 May 2016
For a look at what role industrial relations will play in the election campaign, David Bates from Workforce Guardian joins Switzer TV (broadcast on Tuesday 10 May, 2016).
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Perth Event Popular with SMEs
Workforce Guardian Managing Director, David Bates, headed West last week to host an evening  information seminar for SME employers entitled 'Fair Work: What You Need to Know'.
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Smithink Webinar Popular with Accountants
On Tuesday 19 April Workforce Guardian was proud to co-host a webinar with our good friends at  Smithink (
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Workforce Guardian talks to Transpharmation
Managing Director of Workforce Guardian, David Bates, talks to Transpharmation about the biggest employer mistakes in handling poor performance and how to avoid them.
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Workforce Guardian interview on Switzer 12 April 2016
Sky News Interview - 12 April 2016
David Bates of Workforce Guardian talks to Peter about his thoughts on current Fair Work laws. (Broadcast Tuesday 24 November 2015).
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IPA SA Adelaide Symposium 2016 - Institute of Public Accountants LR A

IPA SA Professional Symposium 2016
Our Managing Director, David Bates, spoke at the recent Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) South Australian Professional Symposium, held at Morphettville Racecourse on Thursday 31 March & Friday 1 April.
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David Bates on SMEtv
HR Talk about 10 NES on SMEtv
David Bates from Workforce Guardian talks to Nigel Abbott at SMEtv about the 10 National Employment Standards that must be provided to most employees in Australia.
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Welcome to your May edition of HR News from Workforce Guardian.

This month we’re very excited to announce the launch of two major upgrades to our online HR systems. You can read all about them below.

In addition, we’ve also provided an important reminder about adding us to your ‘Safe Senders’ list to ensure you receive all your WG-related correspondence, including renewal reminders and invoices.

Lastly, you’ll also find some important legal updates about action being taken against employers by Australia’s employment authorities, along with a summary of upcoming events.

Thanks again for your business, and have a great month.

Warm regards,


David Bates BA (Govt) LL.B (Hons) 

Managing Director


The Team at Workforce Guardian are very excited to officially release the latest major upgrade to our cloud HR systems. Delivering more features and value to our subscribers. All at no additional cost.

This upgrade delivers major enhancements including:


Over 12 new sections to record important employee information
Over 100 new or improved database features
New HR Best Practice and Compliance Checklist and % Overview
New Job Duties and Performance Management Tools
New Leave Management Tools
New automated alerts generation for all reminders
​And more!​

Personnel Files - Personal Details

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The Team at Workforce Guardian are very excited to officially release the latest major upgrade to the Alerts functionality in our cloud HR systems.

This upgrade delivers major enhancements including:

> Daily repeat: Every 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 day
> Weekly repeat: Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
> Monthly repeat
> Yearly repeat


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Accouting Firm Faces Court 2

The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a Victorian accounting firm for providing false advice to a client which resulted in the underpayment of workers. Under Section 550 of the Fair Work Act 2009, advisors such as accountants and HR professionals may be liable as an accessory if an employer breaches Australian employment laws.

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> Fair Work Inspectors targeting SA

$214,200 penalty for 7-Eleven operator

$60,000 penalty for breaching overtime payments

223 businesses prosecuted as part of National Hospitality Industry Campaign

$188,100 penalty for underpaying trolley pushers

Fair Work Inspectors targeting NT
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If your employees work offsite, alone or go into potentially risky situations, WorkSafeGuardian can help increase their safety.
WorkSafeGuardian is a cost-effective mobile phone app that enables employees to send an alert if feeling threatened.

The alert is activated by either a PRESS of a ‘button’ or a SHAKE of the phone. GPS monitoring lets WorkSafeGuardian know exactly where you are.
Responses to alerts are flexible as not every situation will require emergency services, some may require a supervisor or manager.

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