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Onsite employes v remote employees - a financial perspective

In the cloud economy, employers now have the option of having employees remotely based anywhere with a secure internet connection. But how does this compare to having staff onsite? Before settling down on the details of their employment contract, we dive into the financial considerations of choosing an onsite vs a remote situation for your staff.

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How to set up as a Virtual Assistant (VA)

By Emma Heuston, Founder and Principal Lawyer, The Remote Expert

I recently had a chat with a lady (let’s call her Viv the VA) who is getting all of her ducks in a row to be a Virtual Assistant (or VA in the online business world). We talked about a checklist of things she had to do before getting her business off the ground.

A whole tracksuit economy of work from home women has sprung up to create flexibility in their lives. VAs are joining that economy to access that flexibility but also support the tracksuit economy.

Because I am getting more and more VA enquiries I am going to share what I spoke about with Viv in the hope that it can help you, whether you want to hire a VA or be a VA.

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[Guest Blog] A day in the life of a criminal law VA.... and other FAQs

I googled VA and thought I CAN DO THIS!  The next day I was on the phone with Ingrid and started my training with her program at The VA Institute. Fast-forward 7 months, I took leave without pay from my full time job with Legal aid in July and jumped head first into starting my own business.

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Setting up your home office for success

Done the wrong way, working from home can be like turning a blender on without the lid fastened. Mess spread everywhere and a lot of mopping up and stress. However, if you are purposeful about working from home – whether that is an occasional or permanent arrangement – it can literally change your life. You just have to know how to do it.

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Empathy is a superpower

Today I found myself vulnerably reaching out to a professional for assistance for my son and felt that I was not understood or validated. It felt like crap. At first I was angry (and I had to struggle not to give this lady an earful). But then I got off the call, took a deep breath and stepped back.

I understood that is how some of my clients must feel when they think about dealing with a lawyer.

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How to hire a virtual assistant

You are up at midnight (again) sending emails. All the coffee in the world isn’t helping keep those tired and bloodshot eyes open. As your head smashes into your keyboard for the third time you think to yourself, “if only I had some help, I could get some sleep and devote more times to my family …….. but I can’t afford it”.

Sound familiar?

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Employers, keep control of flexibility arrangements

Employers, keep control of flexibility arrangements

By Emma Heuston, Founder & Principal Lawyer, The Remote Expert

Did you know that in Australia some employees have the legal right to request flexible working arrangements?  This isn’t a voluntary workplace policy some businesses choose to apply. It is the law for some categories of worker.

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Parental Leave Policies

By Emma Heuston, Principal Lawyer and Head Honcho of the Remote Expert

I am delivering a keynote speech about Workplace Flexibility and Parental Leave at the Remote Future Summit 2019 - hitting your screens later this week.

My keynote will look at how we define parental leave and how government laws surrounding parental leave and flexibility vary between countries. It will also explore how introducing a well thought out parental leave policy can supercharge an organisations ability to attract and retain staff.

While organisations must comply with the minimum relevant requirements of their government, adding a top up or extra to that minimum standard is a powerful signal of a company’s culture and commitment to its team members.

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Employee or contractor – what’s the difference? And why you could be fined if you don’t do it the right way

Is your team member an independent contractor or an employee?

Get it wrong and you can be fined up to $63,000 for sham contracting arrangements AND face further penalties for failing to meet PAYG withholding requirements and a superannuation guarantee charge.

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