18 September Do I need to pay a person while they're on a work trial? September 18, 2019 By Reef Admin General 0 Sometimes the best way to assess suitability is to allow the person to actually do the work required by the role. A work trial gives you the opportunity to accurately evaluate the skills a person claims to have against those required by the role. However, if you decide to undertake a work trial, you must pay the person for the work they perform during the trial. The only exception is where “work experience” is part of a coordinated and recognised work program conducted through an educational institution. You can certainly show a person around the office and introduce them to other employees. But if they do any work at all, you must pay them. Modern awards don’t distinguish between a work trial and a permanent or casual employee. Therefore, you must pay a person on a work trial (even if it’s only for a few hours) the rates and allowances set out in the modern award that would apply to them in the relevant role. If you aren’t satisfied with a person’s performance during the work trial, you can terminate their employment without the risk of an unfair dismissal claim (provided they haven’t completed a minimum employment period that qualifies them for protection against unfair dismissal). Related Nothing comes for free: Is unpaid work experience lawful? The REEF Helpline often receives calls from members asking if unpaid work experience is OK. Unfortunately, except in very limited circumstances, the answer is a resounding "no". Coronavirus - Employment Q&As (part 2) The REEF Helpline has been inundated with calls regarding the Coronavirus and its impact on employment. To address some of your questions, please take the time to read the following essential information. Workplace investigations – Here's what you need to know Workplace investigations are a necessary, but often difficult task. As an employer, you need to rely on the result of the investigation to decide upon disciplinary action. Bully for you? No way! Reducing the risk of bullying Bullying. It doesn’t just happen in the school playground. It’s rife in workplaces across Australia. So what can you do to reduce the risk of bullying in your workplace? REEF President gives annual report at AGM At the recent AGM, REEF President Fred Andriessen presented his first annual report to members and shared some of REEF's big wins during 2016. Do you need to include personal/carer's leave on pay slips? The REEF advice team recently received an interesting question about whether an employee's personal/carer's leave balance needs to appear on their pay slip. Comments are closed.