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What GDPR Means to Payroll

GDPR is going to have a significant impact in the way we do things with data. We've come up with a definitive guide in how this new regulation affects payroll to help you navigate the changing regulatory landscape.

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10 habits of highly successful businesses

Tuesday 13th September 2016

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

Monday 10th July 2017

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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The Future of Payroll

Thursday 5th April 2018

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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A Human Resource Guide to Payroll Compliance

Monday 6th November 2017

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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Why you need a regular business process and payroll audit review

Monday 19th November 2018

Handling unplanned and unexpected changes to your payroll system is a critical consideration in a configuration and business process audit. Ascender Professional Services and TAPS help you discover, control and monitor all changes to your systems, keeping your business and employees secure.

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Finding it hard to attract and retain talent?

Tuesday 6th September 2016

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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Do you have a payroll management contingency plan?

Tuesday 27th June 2017

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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Work Style Reforms: how HR and payroll departments can prepare

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

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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Workforce Planning – Traditional Techniques Outdated

Wednesday 5th December 2018

Old school Workforce Planning techniques no longer provide the granularity required in a very tight labor market.

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Does your payroll data support operational decisions?

Tuesday 30th August 2016

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

Tuesday 6th June 2017

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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The Myth of Global Payroll

Tuesday 2nd May 2017

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

Monday 18th December 2017

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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The Links between Employee Engagement and Business Outcomes

Monday 10th December 2018

In a line manager’s world Employee Engagement can very quickly get lost amongst competing priorities.

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8 payroll challenges HR Directors can easily overcome

Tuesday 15th November 2016

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 payroll management can navigate their team through EOFY

Wednesday 14th June 2017

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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Single Touch Payroll Product Bulletin | April 2018

Friday 6th April 2018

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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What does the introduction of GDPR mean for Payroll?

Thursday 7th June 2018

On 25th May, the EU brought GDPR, the first extraterritorial data privacy law that extends beyond the territory of EU. Here are a number of changes APAC organisations need to be aware of.

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The Link Between HR Process and Business Outcomes

Saturday 8th December 2018

In discussing Performance Management with HR professionals we often get questioned about the link between HR process and Business Outcomes. This document outlines the linkage between HR process and Business Outcomes.

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Is your people management up-to-date?

Tuesday 24th January 2017

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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The biggest payroll challenges in healthcare

Monday 27th February 2017

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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What the Single Touch Payroll legislation means for your business

Thursday 1st March 2018

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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Single Touch Payroll – It’s Time To Get Ready

Wednesday 20th June 2018

It is time for businesses to get ready for Single Touch Payroll (STP), a new legislation being introduced on 1 July 2018. The new legislation changes the way the Australian government requires businesses to report payroll information to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), as part of the government’s digital-first initiative.

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Employee Engagement – A Silver Bullet

Sunday 9th December 2018

Here's how to increase employee engagement across your entire workforce and then sustain it for the long term!

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

Thursday 2nd February 2017

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 2017

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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Single Touch Payroll Product Bulletin | February 2018

Wednesday 31st January 2018

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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GDPR: The Way to Do Business

Monday 17th September 2018

GDPR is not just a regulatory requirement but a way to do business day-to-day. Sheila FitzPatrick, global expert in Data Privacy and Andrew Wilson, Ascender CEO, give an overview of what GDPR in this video.

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5 Remedies to Reduce Employee Turnover

Friday 7th December 2018

There are all kinds of remedies for unwanted employee turnover, but these are the top 5!

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Q&A: How to engage your workforce

Thursday 16th February 2017

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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Set your business up for success in 2017

Monday 16th January 2017

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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Single Touch Payroll legislation what it means for your business

Monday 20th March 2017

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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Connect the dots of your HR and Payroll with Ascender Preceda

Friday 14th September 2018

Learn how Ascender Preceda can help you in connecting the dots of your HR and Payroll so you can focus on growing your business

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Payroll and AI: The Coming Revolution

Wednesday 21st November 2018

The word “revolution” is often overused, but it is a near certainty that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be exactly that. Like automation and the Internet before it, AI is probably going to change the way every industry operates. Payroll included.

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Understanding Payroll maturity – four ways to optimise your Payroll practices

Monday 1st May 2017

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 an integrated HRIS can drive your engagement strategy

Monday 7th November 2016

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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Single Touch Payroll Product Bulletin | March 2018

Wednesday 28th March 2018

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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Mantra Group Customer Video

Wednesday 28th June 2017

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

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Global Data Privacy Laws: The Ripple Effect of GDPR

Tuesday 20th November 2018

Together with Payroll Services Alliance, Ascender and SD Worx conducted an exclusive webinar with Sheila FitzPatrick, Worldwide General Data Protection Regulation Chief Privacy Officer, Data Privacy & Sovereignty Laws, and Gert Beeckmans, Chief Security & Risk Office from SD Worx, to discuss the new EU privacy framework and how it impacts organisations with non-EU establishments.

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How to make employee life easier with HR technology

Tuesday 9th May 2017

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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Payroll systems compliance: An engagement opportunity for HR Leaders

Monday 3rd July 2017

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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Bringing people management into the 21st Century

Friday 20th January 2017

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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Payroll in Asia: managing people, process and policy in a diverse region

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Asia is home to a mix of emerging and developed economies and an increasing number of international businesses. While the region was found to have the lowest payroll complexity, it still comes with its own set of challenges. This white paper takes you on a tour across Asia and details the factors affecting their payroll to help you manage people, process and policy in a diverse region.

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The Payroll Podcast: The impact of GDPR and what you need to know

Thursday 6th December 2018

GDPR is not just a regulatory requirement but a way to do business day-to-day. Sheila FitzPatrick, global expert in Data Privacy and Andrew Wilson, Ascender CEO, deep dive into GDPR and payroll in this podcast.

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3 tips on running a gender equality health check

Monday 15th May 2017

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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Unlock the power of your payroll data

Monday 17th October 2016

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.

White Paper

Payroll in Asia: managing people, process and policy in a diverse region

Wednesday 8th August 2018

Asia is home to a mix of emerging and developed economies and an increasing number of international businesses. While the region was found to have the lowest payroll complexity, it still comes with its own set of challenges. This white paper takes you on a tour across Asia and details the factors affecting their payroll to help you manage people, process and policy in a diverse region.

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CEO Performance Management Snapshot

Thursday 6th December 2018

Employee Performance is one of the few remaining sources of true competitive advantage.

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

Monday 1st May 2017

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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Is Australian HR confident in their payroll compliance?

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

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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What GDPR Means to Payroll

Thursday 31st May 2018

The main reason GDPR matters to payroll is because, under the new regulation, personal data includes that of employees. This means HR and payroll need to know and understand the new data privacy regulations set out in the GDPR and how they apply to employees.

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4 ways to personalise the employee experience

Monday 1st May 2017

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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5 ways of looking at payroll compliance in Australia

Tuesday 5th December 2017

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.

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Ascender Preceda is Certified for Single Touch Payroll

Thursday 4th October 2018

We are pleased to announce that Ascender Preceda is now certified for Single Touch Payroll, providing users with the ability to process the payroll and manage all transmissions with the ATO directly from the software. This certification provides significant cost and time savings for employers as it allows them to work with a single vendor, reducing the need for additional vendor contracts.

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How to leverage company values & boost engagement

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

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.

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How to win back time for the HR essentials

Monday 31st October 2016

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.

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

Monday 24th October 2016

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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Sheila FitzPatrick: GDPR and What It Means for Your Business

Thursday 6th September 2018

Sheila FitzPatrick - global expert in Data Privacy and Sovereignty laws shares the key points of GDPR and its effect on Australian businesses.

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Readying your organisation for 457 visa changes

Thursday 1st June 2017

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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How to go global with your HCM

Monday 11th December 2017

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.