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Paid Parental Leave – Hair and Beauty Industry

September 19, 2016

Under the Paid Parental Leave scheme, eligible working parents in the hair and beauty industry can get 18 weeks of government-funded Parental Leave Pay. This is paid at the rate of the National Minimum Wage. Full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal, contract and self-employed workers may be eligible. The government provides the necessary Paid Parental Leave funds […]


Apprenticeship Entitlements

September 12, 2016

As the hair and beauty industry employs many apprentices, it is important for salon owners to understand the entitlements which are attributed to apprentices. This will help reduce the risk of potential underpayment claims and disputes with employees. All apprentices, regardless of whether they are full time, part time or school based are entitled to […]


As a Salon Owner do I pay for a Skills Tests, a Trial or during Probation?

September 5, 2016

When employing staff in the hair and beauty industry, it is important as a salon owner to understand what aspects during the recruitment process are required to be paid for and what tasks can be considered unpaid. Within the hair and beauty industry there are often three aspects which need to be considered, skills test, […]


Community Service Leave – Paid or Not Paid? Hair and Beauty Industry

August 29, 2016

Hair and beauty employees including casual employees, are entitled to be absent from work for the purpose of performing certain community service. Community service leave is an entitlement under the National Employment Standards (NES) which allows employees to carry out a number of community service activities. There are two main aspects of community service leave; Voluntary Emergency […]


Annual Leave – What to Pay? Hair and Beauty Industry.

August 24, 2016

Annual leave also known as holiday pay allows an employee to be paid while having time off from work. The entitlement to annual leave comes from the National Employment Standards (NES). All employees, except for casual employees, get paid annual leave. Annual leave applies to employees under The Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010, during a period of annual leave […]


If an Employee falls ill while on Annual Leave – What to Do?

August 6, 2016

It can be an unfortunate situation when a hair and beauty employee goes on annual leave but falls ill during this period of leave. It should be noted, however, that an employee can request to take sick leave instead of annual leave should they fall ill during their holidays. The National Employment Standards indicates that […]


What to do when Buying or Selling a Hair or Beauty Salon

July 11, 2016

When buying a hair or beauty salon, it is important that the new salon owners understand their obligations and the entitlements of taking on any existing hair and beauty employees from the old business. Understanding the do’s and don’ts with existing staff, will ensure that the new salon owners have the relevant paper work and […]


2016 Annual Wage Increase – New Wage Rates for Hairdressers and Beauty Therapists

June 28, 2016

The 2016 pay guide for the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010 has been released. Each financial year the Minimum Wage Panel within the Fair Work Commission (FWC) is responsible for reviewing and setting minimum wages for all employees under the national workplace system for all industries, including the hair and beauty industry. As part […]


How Much Is Too Much?

June 9, 2016

There is a proposal before the Fair Work Commission from the Shops, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) that under the current review of the Hair and Beauty Industry Award, the casual loading of 25% apply to the current weekend penalty rates: This is what the SDA are proposing: 18. The SDA is seeking the […]


Three Warnings – Do They Count??

May 23, 2016

HABA receives a significant number of questions about performance management processes, where the salon owner or manager has had numerous verbal conversations with the employee and the employee continues with the same conduct or performance. The three-warnings rule holds that if the employer is able to show that they gave an employee three warnings (preferably […]


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