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News briefs, 29/08/12

Scammers target job seekers | Ai Group and reform of apprenticeship system | 14th World Human Resource Congress | 3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals — September.

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Scammers target job seekers | Ai Group and reform of apprenticeship system | 14th World Human Resource Congress | 3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals — September.


Scammers target job seekers
 
So far this year, the Australian Taxation Office has received more than 10,000 reports on a wide range of scams including fake job advertisements, emails and bogus phone calls.

‘One of the most alarming incidents is that scammers are using fake job advertisements to illegally access people’s personal information,’ said Tax Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo.

‘Bogus job ads are being posted on recruitment websites by scammers where people are being asked to provide their tax file numbers (TFN) as a part of their job application.’

In some cases, people have even been offered the advertised position and then asked to provide their TFN and bank account details prior to the start date of employment and after providing this personal information, the job offer has then been withdrawn.

ATO investigations have shown that the advertised positions never existed and those running the scams generally communicate by email or mobile phones.

‘You should not provide a prospective employer with personal details, such as your tax file number or bank account details until after you begin work in the position,’ said Mr D’Ascenzo.

‘Personal information can be used by scammers to lodge false tax returns in your name, enable the use of your credit cards or even result in people taking out a loan in your name. In some cases, identity crime can take years to resolve.’

Bogus emails
 
This year there have been more than 6000 reports from the community about bogus emails using the ATO brand, and more than 4000 reports of attempted phone scams.

‘At this time of year, when many people expect refunds, scammers use the opportunity to pretend to be from the ATO.’

Only certain people and organisations can ask for your TFN, the most common being:
  • the ATO, when discussing your tax records
  • your employer, but only after you start work
  • your bank or other financial institutions
  • Centrelink
  • your superannuation fund.

For examples of some recent tax- related scams and information on how you can protect yourself, view online security.

If you think you have been the victim of a scam, contact the ATO by phoning 1800 060 062, 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday). You can also report suspected email scams to the ATO by forwarding the email to report fraud email.



Ai Group and reform of apprenticeship system
 
‘The Australian Industry Group is to lead a major national project with the potential to reshape Australia’s apprenticeship system,’ Ai Group chief executive Innes Willox has said.

‘The Commonwealth-funded project announced … by the Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator Chris Evans, Engineering Excellence in Apprenticeships, seeks to drive the reform through implementing genuine competency-based progression and completion arrangements for the engineering trades. Over 3,000 apprentices nationally will benefit from this rollout.’

‘For too long there has been much talk about improving Australia’s apprenticeship system but little more has been achieved than tinkering at the edges. Ai Group is creating a model whereby apprentices progress through all components of their apprenticeship both on-the-job and off-the-job by demonstrating competency and proficiency along the way.’

‘Despite years of reform in the training system, apprenticeship arrangements have continued to be bound by the time-based arrangements of yesteryear. Ai Group’s individual progression model breaks through the old approach in a way that benefits all.’

‘Crucially, employers will have a key role in determining and confirming competency, thereby ensuring real work practices are embedded into the apprenticeship model,’ Willox said.
 

 
14th World Human Resource Congress
 
The 14th World Human Resource Congress will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre over 26 and 27 September 2012

As the host of the 14th World Human Resources Congress, the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) has sent a general invitation to HR practitioners.

What is HRIZON?

AHRI has provided this background:
Named HRIZON, the 2012 World Human Resources Congress is a world-class event designed to bring together a range of HR and people management professionals. Through this unique event, you have the opportunity to build networks, overcome challenges and expand your horizon.

Should I attend?
 
HRIZON is the ultimate global event for human resource and people management professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and expertise. If you are serious about HR and people management, this is the event you can’t afford to miss.

What themes will be covered?
  • Diversity: what does a diverse workforce look like and how can it be achieved?
  • Technology: opportunities and challenges of new and existing technology
  • Sustainability: corporate, social and environmental
  • Skills and talent: challenges of managing and developing human capability
  • Innovation: creativity and innovation in the workplace
  • Business leadership: HR and business thought and practice leaders
  • Inspirational: out of the box thinking of HR and business practitioners Asia Pacific: a mix of regional high profile leaders/thinkers.
Registration
 
For more information, visit the congress website.

To register, click here.
 


3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals — September
 
The 3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals will be held in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth over 17 to 24 September 2012.

A range of topic, including adverse action, will be addressed.

Overview
  • 17 September 2012, Stamford Plaza Brisbane
  • 18 September 2012, Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney
  • 19 September 2012, Stamford Plaza Melbourne
  • 20 September 2012, Stamford Plaza Adelaide
  • 24 September 2012, Medina Grand Perth
The promoters have provided the following information about the event.
 
Akolade’s 3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals is a one-day intensive Masterclass style conference developed for Australia’s HR managers and directors, workplace relations managers, employee relations managers, front line managers, owner/operators of small to medium businesses and industrial relations managers.

Akolade’s 3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals contains fresh insights into the impacts on Australian HR professionals when dealing with myriad workplace law regulations affecting Australian workplaces.

Extensive research has been undertaken to ascertain the most pressing issues, and Akolade’s 3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals bring to light these new areas of concern. Fresh angles, fresh topics and Akolade’s leading speaker line up means that the 3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals is the best place to find the answers to the legal minefield that is Australia’s industrial relations regulation.

Key benefits
  • gain best practice techniques to successfully defend against adverse action claims
  • understand personal liability for HR managers and oOfficer’s under the Fair Work Act 2009
  • ensure enforceable restraint of trade provisions
  • develop transparent and enforceable termination policies
  • move beyond good faith bargaining requirements to successfully negotiate enterprise bargaining agreements
  • understand when to performance manage and when to implement disciplinary actions
Testimonials from Akolade’s Workplace Law Fundamentals September 2011
  • ‘Very relevant topics, good format (ie brief discussion/presentations on numerous topics)’: Louise Coad, HR Coordinator, Clark Toop & Taylor
  • ‘Lots of useful information. Very thought provocative’: Christine King, senior director — HR, Australian National Audit Office
  • ‘Great variety of presenters with each topic covered in excellent detail. Good opportunity to ask questions and follow up with access to the lawyers in breaks’: Louise Adamson, manager HR, Asia–Pacific Region, Alexander Mann Solutions
Who should attend?
  • HR managers and directors
  • workplace relations managers
  • employee relations managers
  • front line managers
  • owner/operators of small to medium enterprises
  • industrial relations managers
For more information and to register visit the conference website
 
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