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BSCAA National Newsletter - August 2019
To download the full newsletter please click here: BSCAA National Newsletter August 2019 President's Report Welcome to the August 2019 Newsletter.  It has been a busy July and I am certain August will be no different. The BSCAA National Board will be holding their 2019-2021 strategy meeting on 30th August in Brisbane, prior to their general meeting in September.  Our BSCAA Vice President, Debbie Delimitros attended the CAF pre-certification meeting in July and we will also have a few BSCAA  National representatives attending the CAF AGM in Sydney on 14th August. I am excited to see the States have been busy preparing for their AustralianSuper Excellence Awards, which is an excellent opportunity to showcase your wonderful staff and your business.  It is certainly one of my favourite times of the year. This month’s newsletter certainly holds a signification amount of information for business owners including inside details of what is going on in the other states.  I... read more ❯
BSCAA National Newsletter - July 2019
To download the full newsletter please click here: BSCAA National Newsletter July 2019 2019-2021 National Board of Directors On 17 June 2019, BSCAA National held their Annual General Meeting and are excited to announce the appointment of two women in the role of National President and Vice President. Kim Puxty, former President of the BSCAA Qld division, was appointed as National President and Debbie Delimitro, the current President of the BSCAA NSW Division, as Vice President. The BSCAA National board are eager to start on the strategy planning for 2019-2021 and will be meeting in Brisbane next month. Visit the BSCAA website to view the full details of the 2019-2021 BSCAA National Board. Pay Guides From 1 July, the Cleaning and Security Service Award 2010 Pay Guides were updated to reflect to 3% and can be found here:  Cleaning Services Award 2010 [MA000022] Pay Guide   Security Services Industry Award 2010 [MA000016] Pay Guide  New National Secretariat BSCAA National is pleased to announce our new... read more ❯
Board of Directors 2019-2021 Announced
Congratulations to the new BSCAA National Board of Directors announced at the AGM yesterday (17 June 2019). Directors: Kim Puxty President Debbie Delimitros Vice-President & NSW State Representative Matthew Collings Treasurer & Tasmania State Representative Joe Kaplan Victoria State Representative Peter Rundle South Australia State Representative Lyn Whelan Western Australia State Representative Mark Nipper Queensland State Representative External Directors: George Stamas Terry Corby For more details visit: https://bscaa.com/national/about/bscaa-national-board/  read more ❯
BSCAA National Newsletter - June 2019
To download the full newsletter please click here: BSCAA National Newsletter June 2019 National BSCAA has busy with AGM meetings with Queensland's held on 17 May, New South Wales held on 7 June, Victoria to be held on 13 June and Nationals being held on 17 June. Further details can be found below.  Recommended Minimum Increase Letter Each year BSCAA Members receive a 'recommended minimum increase letter' to give to their clients. This letter provides an official document on BSCAA letterhead recommending a percentage increase to the costs of providing your cleaning service.  Once all mandatory increases have been released to the public each state will draft a letter and distribute to its members. The letter takes into consideration increases in the following: Minimum Wage - 3% increase Superannuation Guarantee,  Workers Compensation,  Portable Long Service Leave, and any other state based Levy This letter will be released in late June. For further details contact your state: bscaaqld@bscaa.com bscaansw@bscaa.com bscaavic@bscaa.com bscaatas@bscaa.com bscaasa@bscaa.com admin@cleaningcouncilwa.com.au   WeComply We Comply is a free service to... read more ❯
BSCAA National Newsletter – May 2019
To download the full newsletter please click here:BSCAA National Newsletter May 2019 National BSCAA is busy with AGM preparation with Queensland's being held on 17 May, New South Wales being held on 7 June and Nationals being held on 17 June. Further details can be found below. Don't forget: 2019 Federal Elections are taking place on 18 May 2019. Please see the AEC website for more information WeComply We Comply is a free service to BSCAA members and contains a full suite of Human Resources and Workplace Health and Safety Policies, Work Method Statements and Procedure templates. For more details visit https://bscaa.com/national/wecomply/  The following article has been added to WeComply:  New changes to Laws governing access to information On December 18, 2018 the Commonwealth Government rushed in a Bill called the Telecommunications and other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018.It is about access to encrypted information such as on mobile / smart phones, iPads, computers etc, that must now be accessed... read more ❯
BSCAA National Newsletter – April 2019
To download the full newsletter please click here: Building Service Industry Newsletter The BSCAA have been very busy over the last month with the Tasmanian Excellence Awards, BSCAA NSW Breakfast, BSCAA Queensland Golf Day! More on these events below. Several representatives of the BSCAA National Board also attend the CAF (Cleaning Accountability Framework) Launch in Melbourne (L-R Peter Rundle, Cassie Ruhe-Hodge, Debbie Delimitros & Kim Puxty). To read more see: 'National scheme for ethical cleaning launches' BSCAA is working closely with CAF to ensure a fair playing field for BSCAA Members. read more ❯
BSCAA National Newsletter – March 2019
To download the full newsletter please click here: BSCAA National Newsletter March 2019 National BSCAA have recently introduced a new member benefit 'Bizversity'. An intranet website like no other, dedicated to teaching business differently. At BSCAA, we have recognised that our members want to educate themselves in a fast-paced and user friendly manner and Bizversity is the answer! All BSCAA Members will have access to this priceless benefit and business education from around the world. All full BSCAA members have now received an email from their state about this benefit. If your email has not arrived please contact your state office.   Regional Queensland Roadshow BSCAA Queensland would like to thank all the attendees at our regional Queensland roadshow which was held from 18-20 February 2019 in Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. The following speakers presented on the roadshow: • Alan Beirne from QLeave – Portable Long Service Leave, who discussed in detail the QLeave responsibilities as... read more ❯
BSCAA National Newsletter – February 2019
To download the full newsletter please click here: BSCAA National Newsletter February 2019   National Welcome to 2019… Thank you Hako The BSCAA National Board of Directors would like to thank Hako for hosting the February 2019 Board Meeting, at their Sydney Head Office.It was great to learn about the history of Hako and see the warehouse of products available.  Australia’s Commercial Cleaning Industry, Please Take a Bow When you’re caught up in the day-to-day challenges of running a commercial cleaning business, it’s easy to lose sight of what an important contribution the industry makes to the economy, employees, their families and Australians in general.  This was highlighted in the 2018-19 report on the industry by the research publisher IBIS World. It just goes to prove what a wonderfully positive contribution all of us involved in and around the commercial cleaning industry are making. We should be proud. Here is just a quick look at some of the report’s important... read more ❯
IS THERE ANY FUTURE IN THE CLEANING INDUSTRY FOR SUB-CONTRACTING?
Workplace Relations Update from Workplace Advisory Group Unless you are living in denial, 2018 was the year in which the combined forces of Government, the union and many major property owner/managers all turned against sub-contracting. We even reached a stage where the cleaning industry was accused by the Federal Government (who was elected as being “pro business”) of what was termed Wage Theft. At this point in history the question must be asked: does sub-contracting have any place in the cleaning industry in Australia? I think the answer is YES but for it to have a place of any value there must be some fundamental things in place: Unincorporated sub contractors are a major risk. They should be avoided. For a sub contractor to be validly engaged they have to be in business for themselves. This means they have to have a range of customers.  If the sub contractor is only servicing one business... read more ❯
BSCAA National Newsletter – January 2019
    To download the full newsletter please click here: January 2019 BSCAA National Newsletter   National Welcome to 2019... The BSCAA National Board of Directors would like to thank all of its members and Business Partners for their support over the past 12 months and we look forward to new and exciting ventures in 2019.  WeComply We Comply is a free service to BSCAA members and contains a full suite of Human Resources and Workplace Health and Safety Policies, Work Method Statements and Procedure templates. For more details visit https://bscaa.com/national/wecomply/  A new Modern Slavery Act article has now been added to WeComply.  All BSCAA Members would now have received their updated WeComply Passwords. If you don't yet have yours please contact your state.  Modern Slavery Act: Australia Australia is about to introduce a Modern Slavery Act. The Act will impact on very, very large organisations only. It applies only to organisations over a $100 million threshold either based or operating in Australia will be... read more ❯
2019
We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! If you have any questions the BSCAA National Office is now open. Give us a call on 1800 312 970 or email national@bscaa.com read more ❯
BSCAA National Newsletter December 2018
To download the full newsletter please click here: BSCAA National Newsletter December 2018 BSCAA Update National Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year The BSCAA National Board of Directors would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Christmas and New Year. The BSCAA National Office will be closed from Friday 21 December 2018 and re-open on Monday 7 January 2019 however any urgent voicemail messages will be responded too.  WeComply We Comply is a free service to BSCAA members and contains a full suite of Human Resources and Workplace Health and Safety Policies, Work Method Statements and Procedure templates. For more details visit https://bscaa.com/national/wecomply/  A new Indigenous Policy template has now been added to WeComply. This policy shows your company's commitment to recognising and respecting the needs of Indigenous Australians.  All BSCAA Members would now have received their updated WeComply Passwords. If you don't yet have yours please contact your state.  Cleaner wage theft inquiry calls for reforms Parliamentary inquiry into... read more ❯
WHO IS REALLY A SUBCONTRACTOR?
Workplace Relations Update from Workplace Advisory Group WHO IS REALLY A SUBCONTRACTOR? For those who follow my blog or who are clients of Workplace Advisory Group, you will know that the question of what really constitutes a bona fide sub contract relationship looms large in Australian workplaces. For months now we have seen a sustained assault in the courts against so-called subcontractor relationships. Probably the highest profile case has been one that the Fair Work Ombudsman took against Foodora. Foodora had tried to classify its meal delivery riders as subcontractors but the case was dropped after Foodora folded its corporate tent and left Australia. The TWU also got into the act and backed an Unfair Dismissal case against Foodora which the union won. That will probably turn out to be a pyrrhic victory in a monetary sense given Foodora’s departure but the finding of an employment relationship might be crucial. Uber, Deliveroo and... read more ❯
PROBATION, TERMINATION AND THE LINK BETWEEN THEM
Workplace Relations Update from Workplace Advisory Group PROBATION, TERMINATION AND THE LINK BETWEEN THEM Most employers in Australia believe that employees can be sacked without notice and without reason during a probation period. The task of the BSCAA is to provide members with accurate advice on industrial relations matters so this article will do just that on this much-misunderstood issue! Probation How long can a probation period be? Maximum six months. What happens if the employee has leave during the probation period? Paid leave (Sick Leave etc.) does not change the length of the probation period. Unpaid leave (e.g. where the employee has no accumulated sick leave but requests unpaid time off) results in the probation period being extended by the number of unpaid leave days taken.  If the probation period is set at 3 months, can the employer change its mind and extend the probation period to the 6 month maximum? This can only be done... read more ❯
BSCAA National Newsletter - November 2018
To download the full newsletter please click here: BSCAA National Newsletter November 2018   National Changes to modern awards The Fair Work Commission has varied a number of awards as part of its Modern Award Review. The changes affect rules on termination of employment and a number of other clauses. All changes apply from the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2018. Updated copies of the awards are available via the list of awards at fairwork.gov.au. Termination of employment Employers are now required to pay an employee’s wages and all other entitlements, within 7 days of the end of their employment. Changes to notice of termination rules mean an employer can deduct up to 1 week’s wages if an employee over 18 years resigns without  giving enough notice. Employers cannot deduct wages from employees under the age of 18 for not giving notice. Other clauses The following clauses have also been varied: consultation about major workplace change consultation about changes to... read more ❯
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