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A Human Resource Guide to Payroll Compliance

How confident is your organisation on your HR and payroll compliance? We asked practitioners and executives from organisations of different sizes about business confidence, compliance in their companies, interdepartmental collaboration and data security, and here's what they have to say.

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Case Study: Mantra

Friday 5th May

Ascender, a breath of fresh air for Mantra Group’s International Recruitment and Payroll Processes

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Case Study: Virgin Active Thailand

Friday 23rd December

Learn more about how Ascender's scalable payroll solution has supported Virgin Active Thailand through their ongoing business growth.

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Set your business up for success in 2017

Monday 16th January

It's a new year and time for a new start. Take advantage of this opportunity to get on top of administrative tasks and plan for the year ahead. It's sure to put you in a good position and set your business up for success over the next 12 months.

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Bringing people management into the 21st Century

Friday 20th January

HR has come a long way in recent years. Download our free eBook to see how people management has changed in the past decade, how things have stayed the same, and what you can do to get the most out of your people.

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Is your people management up-to-date?

Tuesday 24th January

There have been huge leaps and bounds in people management in the past few years. This infographic looks at upcoming trends in HR and how the latest offerings can help improve your business.

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How to hold on to your top performers in the new year

Thursday 2nd February

Anyone in HR knows it’s hard to find the right people. But holding on to them isn’t getting any easier either. This simple guide will help you hold on to your best talent through 2017 and beyond.

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Seven legislation changes you should be aware of

Friday 10th February

It’s essential for HR professionals to stay abreast of legislative changes influencing the industry. Here is our guide to recent changes to look out for this year.

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Q&A: How to engage your workforce

Thursday 16th February

Thought leader and AHRI Director Rhonda Brighton-Hall calls on her 25 years experience in HR to demystify workforce engagement in this informative Q&A.

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The biggest payroll challenges in healthcare

Monday 27th February

Anyone in HR knows it’s hard to find the right people. But holding on to them isn’t getting any easier either. This simple guide will help you hold on to your best talent through 2017 and beyond.

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Single Touch Payroll legislation what it means for your business

Monday 20th March

Payroll is about to go through a tremendous legislative change on 1 July 2018 with the introduction of Single Touch Payroll (STP). The processes are in place and once the final specifications have been shared, it will be all hands on deck to get products finalised by 1 July 2018. Find out more in our in-depth paper on what are the simple steps you need to consider and the impact on your business.

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Understanding Payroll maturity – four ways to optimise your Payroll practices

Monday 1st May

Payroll processes have significantly evolved thanks to the move towards transformation projects, the increased adoption of cloud and the desire for Payroll practitioners to get more involved in business operations. With a need to contribute to key business decision making, Payroll professionals must have a mature and potentially global Payroll solution in place to support the new range of challenges they face.

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How multi country payroll enhances the employee experience

Monday 1st May

Multi-Country Payroll Outsourcing (MCPO) is at a tipping point in Asia Pacific. This is a result of more Multi-National Corporations (MNCs) expanding their presence into the region. They’re looking for a scalable solution that gives them control, compliance, cost efficiency and provides increased visibility into all of their HR and payroll processes.

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4 ways to personalise the employee experience

Monday 1st May

The need for a personalised employee experience is vital to talent management today. There is no one size fits all approach to attracting, developing and retaining employees. Companies are fast recognising that if they want to attract the right people, they must accommodate employees’ personal lives and career aspirations into their talent management strategies.

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Case Study: Deloitte

Monday 1st May

Find out how Ascender’s fully managed payroll service has allowed Deloitte to invest more time in value-added activities.

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From Digital HR to Human Capital Management – How HR has evolved

Monday 1st May

Human resources (HR) is evolving fast. Right now, talent – how to find it, how to keep it and, how to build on it – has become the biggest challenge facing HR professionals today.

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The Myth of Global Payroll

Tuesday 2nd May

With a geographically diverse workforce, the reality for many organisations is that their level of integrated HR technology is the key driving force for efficiency and productivity on a global level. However, it’s the in-country expertise that accompanies those systems that gives them a competitive edge on a local level. Not only do they need to remain efficient and cost effective, but they need to remain compliant and relevant to their ultimate audience, their employees.

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8 payroll challenges HR Directors can easily overcome

Tuesday 15th November

Imagine a work environment in which all HR documents live online in a structured and integrated system – this is the solution to your payroll concerns.

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How to make employee life easier with HR technology

Tuesday 9th May

The Australian workforce has become more diverse, largely due to people working longer – often beyond the retirement age of 65. For the first time in history, we are witnessing up to four generations employed under one roof. Keeping every one of them happy is vital to HR professionals today

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3 tips on running a gender equality health check

Monday 15th May

Gender equality is a common topic of discussion – but without the right action to follow, these good intentions can slip through the cracks. Gender focused programs reflect an organisation’s position on inclusion and diversity, so it’s important that HR leaders have formal programs in place to ensure that the norm of ‘people’ in the workplace can become a reality across all organisations.

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How to leverage company values & boost engagement

Tuesday 23rd May

There are many ways to address employee engagement in a company. HR Professionals often have their own definition of what engagement means for them, however to their employees, it can mean something as simple as social activities, rewards or recognition.

Blog

Readying your organisation for 457 visa changes

Thursday 1st June

The government’s announcement on April 18 saw big changes to the 457 visa program that allows skilled migrants to work in Australia. Whilst the government had speculated scaling back the number of industries eligible to host 457 visa workers since 2013, the sudden and absolute axing of the program was unexpected.

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The Do’s and Don’ts for End of Financial Year Payroll Preparation

Tuesday 6th June

End of financial year (EOFY) can be a very stressful time for any business, especially for Payroll and HR reporting teams. But what steps can HR and Payroll professionals take to plan and prepare? Here are 3 tips on the do’s and don’ts for EOFY.

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How payroll management can navigate their team through EOFY

Wednesday 14th June

The end of financial year (EOFY) is almost upon us, and by this time, you are likely to be right in the middle of deadline preparation. With payroll management, HR filing, superannuation and tax calculations being just a few of the items on the list, payroll and HR teams are by this point likely to be working around the clock. To try and alleviate some of this pressure, we have collated four tips to help you and your team navigate through EOFY.

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Do you have a payroll management contingency plan?

Tuesday 27th June

Your payroll management team or individual might be worth their weight in gold, but even golden employees go on holiday, get sick, have personal crises, and are particularly unskilled in the prevention of natural disaster.

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Mantra Group Customer Video

Wednesday 28th June

How Mantra maximised employee engagement and cut costs through a combined Ascender and SAP Success Factors solution

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Payroll systems compliance: An engagement opportunity for HR Leaders

Monday 3rd July

Most businesses care about their employees and legal obligations, and are not intentionally non-compliant when it comes to paying what they owe. The threat of fines, the risk of reputation damage and the resulting impact on your bottom line are all significant and realistic consequences of non-compliance. But what about the impact of day-to-day errors and oversights, or legacy payroll systems that aren’t as efficient as they could be? What are they costing you?

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How advanced payroll systems and HR reporting can save you this new financial year

Monday 10th July

By now the end of the 2016/17 financial year is all but a not so distant memory, but for some HR leaders, it may feel more like a recent nightmare. A nightmare you do not want repeated – ever again. However, if you are still operating on technology that isn’t keeping up with your business requirements, you may well be headed down the same path. Particularly if your payroll systems, its functionalities and HR reporting could have offered you more. But to flip this statement on its head, did you ask for more? Moreover, should you have?

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3 challenges experienced by multi country payroll teams

Tuesday 18th July

The Global Payroll Management Institute released a video with a short explainer of what the three biggest challenges for global payroll teams are. In this blog we’ll learn about these challenges as well as what HR leadership can do to combat them.

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Compliance Management | Dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s

Monday 24th July

A spate of high-profile and costly payroll failures has shone a light on compliance in this business-critical function. Is it time to review what your organisation has in place?

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A Human Resource Guide to Payroll Compliance

Monday 6th November

How confident is your organisation on your HR and payroll compliance? In this whitepaper, you'll find an investigative look at payroll compliance, covering business confidence and compliance in their companies, interdepartmental collaboration, and data security.

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Is Australian HR confident in their payroll compliance?

Wednesday 22nd November

How confident is your organisation on your HR and payroll compliance? Do you know what are the key areas you should be concerned about?

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Why organisations need simpler HR software and integrated technologies

Thursday 11th August

The digital revolution has empowered employees by increasing efficiency, however stand-alone HR software and numerous other systems are also halting employee productivity. This leads to the question, could there be a way to create more cohesive and productive teams by simplifying human-technology interactions?

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Single Touch Payroll Product Bulletin | April 2018

Friday 6th April

As a leading Service Provider in the Asia Pacific region servicing almost 1 million Australian employees on Ascender platforms, the ATO has recognised Ascender as a strategic partner in the deployment of STP. Here are some of the common questions we've been receiving in relation to STP.

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5 ways of looking at payroll compliance in Australia

Tuesday 5th December

Payroll is a critical connector between employee satisfaction and a higher level of business performance. A successful business ensures they embrace a proactive payroll strategy. This infographic shows us the key compliance factors most relevant to Australia's human resource and payroll professionals.

Blog

The Future of Payroll

Thursday 5th April

Recent years have seen payroll management software at the forefront of modernising HR processes. As payroll continues to evolve with these trends, Ascender intends to lead the way in innovation and change.

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Single Touch Payroll Product Bulletin | March 2018

Wednesday 28th March

As a leading Service Provider in the Asia Pacific region servicing almost 1 million Australian employees on Ascender platforms, the ATO has recognised Ascender as a strategic partner in the deployment of STP. Here are some of the common questions we've been receiving in relation to STP.

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#PressforProgress on International Women’s Day

Wednesday 7th March

International Women’s Day spurs us to think of better ways we can change our present and future to share its many positive benefits across societies. This is not a single country, group, organisation or business specific. This day and cause belong to everyone collectively everywhere.

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How to go global with your HCM

Monday 11th December

Integrating your HCM platform with the very best payroll partner will see your system streamlined, optimised and globalised in a single take. Here’s how to do it.

White Paper

Single Touch Payroll – What can you be doing to prepare for it?

Monday 18th December

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a change in the way the Australian Government requires employers to report payroll information to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Download our free whitepaper to know what you can do to prepare for how STP may affect you.

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Single Touch Payroll Product Bulletin | February 2018

Wednesday 31st January

As a leading Service Provider in the Asia Pacific region servicing almost 1 million Australian employees on Ascender platforms, the ATO has recognised Ascender as a strategic partner in the deployment of STP. Here are some of the common questions we've been receiving in relation to STP.

White Paper

What the Single Touch Payroll legislation means for your business

Thursday 1st March

Payroll is about to go through a tremendous legislative change on 1 July 2018 with the introduction of Single Touch Payroll (STP). The processes are in place and once the final specifications have been shared, it will be all hands on deck to get products finalised by 1 July 2018. Find out more in our in-depth paper on what are the simple steps you need to consider and the impact on your business.

White Paper

Work Style Reforms: how HR and payroll departments can prepare

Thursday 10th May

The Work Style Reform legislation is set to transform organisations in Japan, and the right technology will be essential for HR and payroll.

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Keeping your payroll compliant: Avoiding sham contracting

Thursday 11th August

When it comes to keeping payroll compliant, HR leaders need to ensure the working relationships with their staff is clearly defined and lawful. For example an independent contractor should not be asked to do what’s considered an employee’s job as they won’t receive employee benefits like annual leave or sick leave. In past Fair Work cases, businesses have claimed they were working with an independent contractor when, in the eyes of the law, it should have been an employment relationship. This is called sham contracting.

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Reduce payroll discrepancies, relinquish manual control

Thursday 11th August

When not done efficiently, payroll can be a cumbersome and complex function. But it's also one where there's no room for error. While other HR professionals understand that the demands and challenges associated with payroll can lead to unintentional discrepancies, your staff might not be so accepting. By relinquishing manual control you can avoid the potential for payroll problems to impact your business.

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How secure is your data?

Tuesday 30th August

While you can't control the increasing risk of cyber-attacks, you can take steps to protect your employees' precious personal data. Cyber security is of the utmost importance to organisations of every size, which is why we've identified where the risks lie and how you can best defend against potential attacks.

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How an integrated HRIS can drive your engagement strategy

Monday 7th November

Technology has long been known to be a driver of efficiency and productivity, but only recently has its importance as a powerful engagement tool been recognised, acknowledges Ascender’s General Manager, Fred van der Tang. Demographic change, the increasingly competitive war for talent and leaps forward in technology all combine to create an environment in which tech is a driver of retention and attraction.

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How to win back time for the HR essentials

Monday 31st October

The traditional HR role was one characterised by manual and time-consuming tasks. But with the advent of improved technologies, the low-value elements of an HR professional’s role have been eradicated, leaving them to concentrate on what they’re really good at – managing talent. Everybody knows that successful businesses are differentiated by customer and employee experience. What they may not realise is that modern managers and HR professionals will hold enormous sway over these factors, and so much more.

White Paper

The Ripple Effect: The multi-faceted benefits of integrated software solutions for SMEs

Monday 24th October

In the increasingly competitive world of business – one in which employee and customer experience have become significant differentiators – getting the most out of your available resources is absolutely vital. Proven to positively affect employee engagement and boost staff morale, the benefits of integrated software solutions can’t be ignored. In this white paper we detail the broad and interconnected business benefits that can be achieved.

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Unlock the power of your payroll data

Monday 17th October

If you’re making business decisions, HR or otherwise, without looking first to your payroll data, you could be missing out on valuable insights. Small changes in the business can create large changes in payroll, and an understanding of cost per employee or revenue per employee can help in planning future growth. Here are a few of the most powerful outcomes of payroll analytics done well.

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Case study: Western Sydney University

Monday 10th October

When you add up how much time and effort is required to run a paper-based system, the result can be shocking. Characterised by double handling of documents and repetition of tasks, staff frustration aside, it’s a system that’s rife with human error. For Western Sydney University (WSU), which pays up to 6000 people fortnightly, the move to an integrated payroll system has been nothing short of ground-breaking.

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An HR professional’s guide to navigating change

Tuesday 4th October

When staff members are not engaged in change – whether it be relatively small developments such as the introduction of a new process or IT system, or major structural or strategic adjustments – they can consciously and unconsciously resist the new way of working. To avoid any backlash or organisational challenge, this eBook details the nine essentials of change management that will ensure you can seamlessly implement change and bring your staff along for the journey.

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5 qualities shared by high performance teams

Tuesday 27th September

Just as you need systems that talk to each other, you need a team that communicates well, is working to a common goal and who subscribe to a culture of high performance. Creating this type of culture isn’t something that comes about by chance; it comes from above – from HR leaders and management. So, what are the practical but essential ingredients to create an environment in which high performance is the norm?

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10 habits of highly successful businesses

Tuesday 13th September

The nature of work is changing, that much is obvious. Far more difficult to figure out is what a business must do on a practical level to keep up with those changes. Ultimately, for a business to excel, it's not just about fulfilling necessary business functions such as payroll. We've explored multiple pieces of research to share with you what great businesses are doing to stay ahead of the game in this age of global change.

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Finding it hard to attract and retain talent?

Tuesday 6th September

The art of retaining staff lies in understanding who they are as individuals. Hidden in your payroll data are valuable insights into your employees and their motivation to perform. When used to its full potential, this information can be used to better engage and retain staff and enhance your ability to attract quality talent.

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Does your payroll data support operational decisions?

Tuesday 30th August

Does the service and information you are able to access from payroll support your manager’s needs? If the answer is ‘no’, or ‘sort of’ – it is time to head back to the payroll drawing board. HR and payroll data are critical inputs to the efficiency and effectiveness of a business and indeed its leaders; it is fundamental to decision-making on both operational and strategic levels.

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How your systems can talk to each other

Tuesday 23rd August

Every manager working today can appreciate just how beneficial it would be to have core business systems fully integrated and able to talk to each other across different platforms. Yet so many organisations struggle in vain, soaking up valuable time and resources manually transferring data across multiple incompatible systems.

Case Study

Wodonga TAFE

Tuesday 19th July

Wodonga TAFE is situated in one of the fastest growing regional economies in Australia. With over 550 employees delivering more than 2.5 million student hours every year it was essential they build on this capacity in the future. Ascender Pay provided a solution that exceeded their current needs and is infinitely scalable for the future.

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Victoria University

Tuesday 19th July

Victoria University delivers excellence in teaching, training, research and scholarship and operates from multiple sites with more than 50,000 students. They selected Ascender HRIS for its ability to deliver fully functional payroll capabilities with strong retrospective processing and embedded knowledge within the user group community.

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Taylor’s Education

Tuesday 19th July

Since its inception in 1969, Taylor’s Education Group (Taylor’s) has undertaken the important task of developing students into well-rounded, competitive and resilient contributors with global perspectives to the development of Malaysia’s economic growth and prosperity.

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Roche Products

Tuesday 19th July

Roche has been committed to improving the health and wellbeing of people in Australia for over 60 years. As part of a major office relocation they sought a managed payroll service that ensured full legislative compliance and an enhanced self-service capability for managers and employees. Ascender provided a solution that not only saved time and money but also enhanced productivity.