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Worker shortages, inflation, and climate: Here are the key small business concerns as Labor takes power

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was today sworn into office, kicking off the tenure of his Labor government. After nine years of Coalition leadership, Labor’s ascendancy could offer a new take on small business policy. Sensing the potential for a shake-up in Canberra,...

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Understanding the Difference Between Overtime VS Time in Lieu

Understanding different payment terms can be confusing. There’s ordinary time, overtime and time off in lieu to make sense of.  Given the penalties for getting things wrong, it is important to understand when an employee is entitled to be paid overtime for the hours...

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Employing Trainees in the Workplace

Employing Trainees in the Workplace

Why employ a trainee with your business? Trainees and apprentices will be trained to meet the specific needs of your business while also gaining a nationally recognised qualification. It will increase your ability to reduce staff turnover and ensure succession...

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Independence shines at National Awards of Excellence

Independence shines at National Awards of Excellence

This year’s IHG expo was a little different, as we were unable to gather due to COVID restriction. The show must go on and the event proceeded with a weeklong exhibition, online business sessions and the National Excellence Awards being held virtually. The awards were...

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Hiring Qualified Employees: 4 Factors to Consider

Hiring Qualified Employees: 4 Factors to Consider

Article by ECI Hiring qualified employees is often difficult. However, there are a few things your shop can do to make it easier. The following checklist lays out what you can do to give your shop the best chance of getting qualified manufacturing employees. Check...

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Can you direct your staff to work on a public holiday?

Can you direct your staff to work on a public holiday?

article by www.hradvanceprofessionals.com.au  A section of the National Employment Standards (NES) sets out the rules about working on public holidays. The NES apply to all employees covered by the national workplace relations system, regardless of any award,...

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12 Workplace relations questions you should be asking in 2021

12 Workplace relations questions you should be asking in 2021

by Julian Arndt, Associate Director at Australia Business Lawyers & Advisors Now is the perfect time to stop and think deeply about where the year is headed, what might have been missed last year and see what opportunities may lay ahead. Our workplace relations...

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Meet Greg Gill

Meet Greg Gill

Greg Gill is a new member of our committee, having only joined our national committee last year. Greg is passionate about our industry in particular securing the future of our industry. He sits on our Industry Rising Star committee and is currently involved in...

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Be proactive with your energy

Be proactive with your energy

In our industry, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your business succeed. The amount of energy it takes to sell/produce our goods and keep the lights on can be overwhelming. With all the lighting, air conditioning and heating, machinery and compressors...

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Meet Mike LoRicco

Meet Mike LoRicco

Through his experience of owning his own hardware store and now in a senior role for HBT, Mike, bringing a unique perspective to our industry and association. He has held several key roles in our association and in the previously the Hardware Association of New South...

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Meet George Demourtzidis

Meet George Demourtzidis

George has been involved in the Hardware Australia committee since the beginning 6 years ago. Previous to that he was on the board of the Hardware Association of South Australia (HASA). Over the past 2 years he has held the position of Treasurer for Hardware Australia...

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New Home Sales Go Through the Roof in December

New Home Sales Go Through the Roof in December

HIA Media Release - 19 January 2021 “New Home Sales reached remarkable heights in December, nearly doubling compared to the number of sales recorded in November,” stated HIA’s Economist, Angela Lillicrap. The HIA New Home Sales report – a monthly survey of the largest...

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