Work Smarter

Work Smarter

Smart means planning to succeed: a tailored HR plan, managing your risks and making the right decisions first time. Working smarter saves you time, money and rework.

Grow Stronger

Grow Stronger

Strength is your growth foundation: right people in the right roles and a culture of high performance and low maintenance. Growing stronger equals success... and more time for you to enjoy it.

Move Faster

Move Faster

Faster is better with smart speed: an engaged, confident and capable workforce achieving more in less time. Moving faster means first to new customers and new opportunities.

Work Smarter

Work Smarter

Smart means planning to succeed: a tailored HR plan, managing your risks and making the right decisions first time. Working smarter saves you time, money and rework.

Grow Stronger

Grow Stronger

Strength is your growth foundation: right people in the right roles and a culture of high performance and low maintenance. Growing stronger equals success... and more time for you to enjoy it.

Move Faster

Move Faster

Faster is better with smart speed: an engaged, confident and capable workforce achieving more in less time. Moving faster means first to new customers and new opportunities.

An after hours meeting is paid work time

As an employer, you know how important it is to keep everyone in the loop, right? You’ve read articles on employee engagement and can see the link between increased productivity when people understand how their work contributes to the big picture.

Whether its news on an exciting new project or you simply want to keep the team informed about the direction of the business, it can be challenging to get everyone together at the same time…particularly if you have full time employees, maybe a few working remotely, some as part timers and others employed as casuals.

A common solution? An after hours meeting to deliver the news: good food, a short presentation from you, maybe some drinks, a bit of team bonding: everyone in and out in a couple of hours. And it doesn’t disrupt normal hours productivity. Couldn’t be a simpler or more economical option to holding the meeting during work hours.

While you should be congratulated for your engagement strategy, you should also be aware that if attending a meeting is considered compulsory, you are obligated to make payment to employees for their attendance.

For fulltime employees, an after hours meeting may be considered overtime (depending on starting and finishing times). It’s relevant to check the “Hours of Work” section in any Modern Award that applies to your employees to understand what is defined as the ordinary spread of hours and what might constitute overtime.

When it comes to casual employees, same thing: check any Awards T&C’s that apply to being called in.

The Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 states the following:

12.4 Casual employees are entitled to minimum payment of three hours’ work at the appropriate rate.

Bottom line? All compulsory meetings are paid work time. Employees have to be paid the right pay for time spent in team meetings, if their employer requires them to be there.

Like to know more? Check out Unpaid Work information from Fair Work here.

There’s a lot you have to know to be successful in business…like that it’s not possible to know everything about every aspect of it. Smart owners are aware that sometimes you need help outside your own area of expertise, particularly about employment, HR and Fair Work obligations. Why not give Bare Bones Consulting a call? We’ll provide value for money information tailored to your business. And it starts with a cup of coffee…no after hours payment required.

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