Newsletter October 2014

We are moving:

We are pleased to announce that on Friday 31st October we will be moving to a new location. Our new physical address will be:

1st Floor, Hargest House,

62 Deveron St


Our postal address, telephone and fax numbers will remain the same.

This is an exciting move for us. For those of you who call in; we have free parking, with carparks numbered 1-10 available for customer use.


Public holiday entitlements

When is an employee entitled to a public holiday? 

There is no minimum period of time an employee has to be employed to become entitled to a public holiday and it does not make a difference if an employee is classed as casual, part time or full time.

All employees would be entitled to be paid for a public holiday if the public holiday falls on a day that would have been an otherwise working day for the employee. This means, but for the day being a public holiday the employee would have worked on the day concerned. In other words, if it was not a public holiday, would the employee have been

working on that day? If the answer is yes, they would be entitled to have the day off on pay; if the answer is no, they are not entitled to observe the public holiday

Can an employer deduct wages or holiday pay if an employee fails to work their notice period?

If an employee resigns without giving the required amount of notice, an employer cannot make deductions or withhold their wages or holiday pay unless the employee has given their written consent.

A written employment agreement may include a clause giving the employer permission to deduct wages or holiday pay if an employee resigns without giving the required notice.

 This clause may be enforceable if:

  • the employee was given adequate opportunity to consider and seek independent advice on the terms and conditions of the employment agreement; and
  • the employee has signed the employment agreement.
  • Any subsequent deductions from wages or holiday pay in reliance on that clause must take into account:
  • the loss suffered by the employer as a result of the employee failing to work their notice period; and
  • the proportion of the notice period that the employee fails to work.


ABM Useful Tips

If you have a customer with a number of jobs you can view the status and progress of the job from within the customer. Open the customer and go to the Jobs & Recurring Invoices screen to see a summary of the jobs for this customer.  The screen will show costs, charges and Invoiced amounts to date.  The list will also include all completed and closed jobs.

You can also open the job from this screen if you need to view the job in more detail.

Standing journals

If you are processing monthly financial reports and are preparing similar month end journals, these can be set up as Standing journals in the Accounts section. There is also an option to reverse the journal in the next accounting period.

If the amounts vary each month then you edit the journal and change the amount before processing the journals at month end.





“Strategic Software have provided our company with business management systems for the past 9 years. Their products and services continue to support our company and have been a major contributor to our success in the following ways;
– Strategic Software installed a business management system that accurately assists with scheduling our workflow. This is vital to our business success and client satisfaction.
– We are able to see where jobs are at any time and can review profit on all jobs.
. . . Prospect and conversion rates can be measured and followed up on.
– The system helps us plan and schedule work.
– The system is flexible and Strategic can customize reporting to meet our needs.
– In regards to payroll, we provide the hours and Strategic do the rest.
– Assists with keeping up to date with employment legislation and reducing risk.
– Strategic processing our payroll means that all employees pay details are confidential and records are accurate, avoiding disputes or disgruntled employees.
These processes allow us to concentrate on our own area of expertise in relation to staff and customer management and the very important task of continued improvement in quality production techniques.
Working with Strategic has allowed us to make continued improvements in measuring our key point indicators and time saving in gathering these KPI’s is key.
Strategic deliver a very professional, prompt and friendly service and we have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Neil Lewis, Director
Lewis Windows Limited

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