The HR Cartel Podcast

Join the Cartel, as we fearlessly unravel the risk in workplaces, discuss Unions and Regulators, and talk-straight about the often ludicrous world of workplaces and business.

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New Industrial Relations laws coming into effect on 26 August 2024 will significantly impact on employers who engage or intend to engage casual employees and contractors. These updates bring vast changes to how casual employment is defined and managed, and the risks of engaging contractors. Ultimately, employers have lost control caused by union wish lists being granted and brought into law.

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Call me crazy, but I feel like we’re headed for a Howard Government style attack against a particular Union – it doesn’t feel like we’re on a good path, the Union movement is desperate to run a wrecking ball through Australian workplace relations, and our Prime Minister has just publicly declared his undying devotion to advancing the union movement every day he is in power. All employers must take notice and look ahead.

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Want to hear an alarming truth? We have more than 200,000 vacant positions in our agriculture sector. We need those jobs performed if we have any chance of feeding and clothing ourselves with Australian produce. In Episode 40, we talk with Kelli McDougall, Managing Director or Agri Talent about the reality of Australia’s Ag sector, the opportunities, the careers, and why Australian’s have the wrong idea about a career in Ag.

While politicians and unions haggle and fight over control of our workplaces, we’re unwittingly ignoring the needs of Australia’s most important industry, and we’ll all pay the price if we don’t make a change.


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This time, we’re discussing how to leverage remuneration, incentives and training to drive a return on investment in your wage bill, each year. Hear how to set up the tools needed that guarantee healthy remuneration modelling, hiring decisions, reward and recognition, to push your business along a strategic plan, to execute short and long term goals.


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The “candidate market” and recruitment generally changes with market influences, and we’ve got plenty happening right now, to make recruitment difficult. Many employers are recruiting without success, and retaining people is just as challenging in the shadow of the Covid era.

We get candid, as always, with Tanya and open the discussion up.

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This week, we talk with Phil Di Bella, AKA The Coffee King. When someone can take $5,000 and change the game forever, you bet they have many tales to tell and relevant lessons for all of us. Phil is a renowned entrepreneur who changed the hospitality industry with his customer-centric approach in the coffee/café market.

These days, Phil is changing the game again with his world-first concept “The Coffee Commune” and graciously gives back to Australian small and medium sized employers, while also influencing large organisations to do better, strategically aligned business.

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