Entries by Peter Maguire

How many hats?

I was recently asked whether I considered myself a coach, a mentor or a consultant or a contractor. That made me think about exactly what I do when I work with a client and I reached the conclusion that, in point of fact, depending on the client’s needs and capabilities, at a given point in […]

Is an enterprise agreement right for your business?

It is now over 25 years since enterprise bargaining became an option in the Australian industrial relations system, first introduced via the Prices and Incomes Accord between first the Hawke and then the Keating Governments and the ACTU. Unfortunately, over the years, unions and employers with unionised workplaces have dominated the enterprise bargaining space and […]

New labour hire licensing laws

Queensland and South Australia now have new labour hire licensing laws and Victoria has a like bill currently before the Parliament. Features of the Queensland legislation include: labour hire providers to be licensed to operate in Queensland persons who engage labour hire providers to only engage licensed providers labour hire licensees to satisfy fit and […]

Lessons from the 2017 Corporate Health and Wellbeing Summit

I recently attended the Corporate Health and Wellbeing Summit in Sydney and thought that I would share some of the key learnings from what were a great set of presentations. I have selected three – one from a regulator’s perspective, one from a manager’s perspective and one from a consulting psychologist. Lucinda Brogden, Commissioner, National […]

Fair Work and All That Stuff was well received

For the first time, 4 business groups and a charity in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne collaborated to run a free joint event for their members and other local business people. People from Croydon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ringwood Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Whitehorse Business Group, Manningham Business Network and the Footmen Foundation […]

HEADS UP – Fair Work Amendments on their way in

In recent posts, we reported on the rise in Fair Work Ombudsman activity in the area of accessorial liability and the impending enactment of the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017. That legislation has been passed by the Federal parliament and is taking effect in two stages. Most of the provisions are operative […]

Helping Civil Contractors with Building Code Compliance Preliminary Assessment

In order to qualify for tenders on Commonwealth-funded construction works, businesses have to demonstrate compliance with the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (the Code). The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is responsible for administering and enforcing the Code. Part of that process involves assessment of the industrial instruments (awards […]

Support the Footmen Foundation

The Footmen Foundation is a long serving charity meeting the needs of community groups and people in need in Maroondah and surrounding areas as a funder of last resort for over 40 years.  If there is a special need for which funding cannot otherwise be fully sourced, grant applications can be made to fill the […]