Who do we want to speak to?
If you are responsible for HR or payroll within your business, you are the right person to give us a call and have a confidential chat with us. It doesn’t matter if you are the owner, the manager, the payroll officer or you hold another position.
Regardless if you are using an Enterprise Agreement, an Award, or your employees are on salaries, underpayments can occur and they can be detrimental to your business.
It is crucial to be on the front foot and ensure your employees are paid correctly, avoid bad publicity, potentially hefty fines and an unexpected back pay bill.
What are some of the risk areas?
To comply with Australian’s workplace legislation and to avoid under or over payments, you must comply with the applicable industrial instrument and the Fair Work Act, including record keeping requirements and regulations. Some of the risk areas that can easily cause under or over payments are base rates, leave accrual, superannuation, penalty rates, allowances and paying employees a salary that doesn’t cover the relevant Award.
How can we help?
We check your payroll and classifications against the applicable Award or Agreement
We support you in developing a tailored rectification strategy that is right for your business
Our audits will identify weak spots in your payroll process to help implement solutions
We assist in minimising your risk of underpayments so you can focus on what matters most
What happens if you get it wrong?
Drivers, misclassified as contractors were paid flat rates of $22 an hour, despite working 12-hour shifts and weekends. The flat rates resulted in underpayment of their casual loadings, overtime rates, and penalty rates for weekend, public holiday, night and early morning work.
A Melbourne dental practice has been penalised for underpaying a visa worker. The worker from South Korea was on an international student visa and later a 457 skilled worker visa. The worker should have been paid $16.90 to $18.93 for ordinary hours and up to $37.85 an hour for overtime.
Drivers, misclassified as contractors, were paid flat rates of $22 an hour, despite working 12-hour shifts and weekends. The flat rates resulted in underpayment of their casual loadings, overtime rates, and penalty rates for weekend, public holiday, night and early morning work.
Why should you partner with us?
We are trusted by many businesses, small and large, to help them with their payroll compliance. We have conducted more than 1,500 audits over the past 18 months and have saved businesses thousands of dollars in penalties, brand reputation and loss of customers.
We know where to look
Our team is highly experienced
Our services are affordable
Brett Houldin – CEO & MD, Craveable Brands
“It has been a challenging but rewarding period, setting up and implementing a robust governance framework. With the desire to be proactive rather than reactive to legislative changes, ER Strategies has assisted us with a measured approach to deliver a compliance program in line with our priorities and values.”
Contact us for a confidential chat. Simply fill out the form and one of our Employee Relations Advisors will contact you shortly.