Fair Work Commission has announced Minimum Wages increase from 1 July 2016

Fair Work Commission has announced Minimum Wages increase from 1 July 2016

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.4% increase to minimum wages, which applies to the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 July 2016.  The new minimum wage is $672.70 per week for a full time employee or $17.70 per hour.

Now is a good time to check your pay rates even if you are already paying more than the minimum wage.

Underpaying staff could result in action being taken by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Equally important is ensuring that you are providing the correct entitlements in relation to leave, penalty rates and hours of work.  You can find information about the minimum entitlements in the Fair Work Information Statement, it should be given to new employees when they start.

Some tips to help you stay compliant:

  • Ensure you regularly check pay rates – Award rates usually increase on or around 1 July each year, so June or July each year is a good time to do a payroll audit.
  • Know the Award that covers each individual employee in your organisation. The same Award may not cover all of your employees.
  • Make sure that you have employment contracts for all of your employees and that they are compliant with Award rates and conditions.
  • Provide all employees with a Fair Work Information Statement.
  • Take the time at the beginning of the employment relationship to set out your expectations to staff.

Ensuring your business is compliant with Fair Work legislation, including correct pay rates, can help you avoid fines and financial problems in the future.

If you need help, we can conduct a free HR Audit to check what processes and documents you have in place. Contact Karen at Hillen Staff Solutions for more information karen@hillenstaffsolutions.com.au or call on 1 300 662 399.  2016

Karen Hillen

HR support and advice services to all other areas across Australia Mailing Address PO Box 458, HELENSBURGH NSW 2508 Phone 1 300 662 3991 / 0423 201 321 Email karen@hillenstaffsolutions.com.au

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