Wage Schedules 2019

The 2019 Annual Wage increase decision is here

This year’s annual wage review resulted in the increase of 3%. The national minimum wage will increase from $719.20 per week or $18.93 an hour to $740.80 per week or $19.49 an hour. Our consultants explain the reasons behind the decision, what that means for your business and when the increase will come into effect. Our updated wage schedules are now available for download to reflect the increase.

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Q&A – Changes to Restaurant Industry Award

The changes are complex and will take some time for employers in the Restaurant Industry to fully absorb and get used to. We have been fielding questions from various clients regarding how the new provisions apply to their businesses and we have assembled the questions and answers below from that source, as well as adding some of our own.

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FWC Hands Down 3.5% Increase to Wages

The Fair Work Commission’ Expert Panel for wage reviews has today (Friday, 1 June 2018) handed down its latest Annual Wage Review decision, awarding an increase of 3.5% to workers whose wages are set by awards and the Federal Minimum Wage.

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Penalty Rate Decision Transitions

Penalty Rate Decision on Transitions

In addition to the minimum wage increase, the previously announced transition to reduced penalty rates will also commence from 1 July 2017. Below is the overview of the changes in penalty rates for the major awards affecting clients (contact us for information about other awards such as Pharmacy).

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Annual Wage Review Decision

Annual Wage Review Decision

Yesterday, 6 June, 2017, the Fair Work Commission’s Annual Wage Review panel handed down its decision on the annual minimum wage increase. The minimum wage is to be increased by 3.3% and will take effect on the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2017.

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payroll audits

Learnings from our Payroll Audits

Due to requests from some of our franchise clients, we launched our external Payroll Audit Service to review Payroll and Award/Enterprise Agreement compliance at the franchisee outlet level.

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rostering

Careful Rostering Can Save you Huge Dollars

As a business owner, you ought to know how important it is to get your rostering right. However, our experience is that too many businesses in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) sector, and other restaurants generally, fail to carefully manage their labour costs. This can cost them dearly through lost profits in a tough business.

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Dealing with Sickies

What to do about suspicious medical certificates?

The employee must provide evidence to the employer that they were genuinely entitled to sick leave. Generally, a medical certificate is a legal document that should satisfy the employer of an employee’s inability to work. This doesn’t mean that an employer can't question the validity of the medical certificate.
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Take an interest in excess sick leave

Staff who regularly take sick days without repercussions are likely to continue doing so - this will have a negative impact on other workers who may soon start to follow suit, or feel aggrieved because they are at work doing the right thing. There are several theories on best practice when it comes to dealing with absenteeism, but the key is for employers to show an interest.
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Does superannuation apply to annual leave loading payments?

A common question that we receive at ER Strategies is whether superannuation contributions need to apply to annual leave loading payments. Annual leave loading was originally introduced into awards in the 1970s on the basis that it compensated employees for the lost opportunity to work overtime when they were on annual leave and thereby earn extra income.
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