If you employ other people in your business it is essential to understand the obligations you have as an employer.

Industrial relations systems

The industrial relations system that applies to your business and affects wages and leave entitlements for staff, is determined by whether your business is an incorporated business, a sole trader, unincorporated partnership or trust.

Types of employment

There are a number of ways you can employ staff and it’s important that you understand the correct wage and leave entitlements for each arrangement. 

Employer obligations

As an employer, you must report employee earnings to the ATO, and meet financial and other requirements including maintaining a safe workplace.

Recruiting and managing staff

Learning how to identify the roles you need, hire employees, manage staff, develop their skills and resolve disputes can help your business grow.

Ending employment

There are various reasons why employment ends, for example redundancy, resignation and termination. Learn what you need to consider when someone’s employment ends.

Managing stress and anxiety

Watch out for the warning signs that stress and anxiety are starting to build up, as this can affect you, your business and your employees.

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