The Queensland State Government has now released their 2019-2020 budget, which contains BIG payroll tax wins for small and medium sized businesses, as well as for businesses in regional Queensland.
Employers need to ensure they are aware that the superannuation guarantee will increase from 9.5% to 10% on 1 July 2021 and then continue to increase incrementally by 0.5% each year thereafter until it reaches 12% by 1 July 2025.
Be sure to add the below dates and rates into your calendars to ensure your business stays up to date with the incremental increases that are on the horizon:
From 1 July 2021, businesses need to ensure that their payroll systems are appropriately adjusted to comply with the increased superannuation guarantee rate and a failure to do so will expose the business to potential charges, fines, interest and administration fees imposed by the ATO.
Employers also need to ensure that they review their current employment contracts and pay close attention to the remuneration they currently provide to employees. If their remuneration package is inclusive of superannuation entitlements, the increased superannuation guarantee may be able to be absorbed into the employees existing remuneration package, however, this will mean their take-home pay will reduce. If the employee’s wage is exclusive of superannuation, additional superannuation will need to be paid.
For workers who are already receiving superannuation contributions above 10%, it is unlikely that any adjustments will need to be made, however, employers should still perform a thorough review for the sake of completeness and to ensure compliance.
If you have any questions in relation to the superannuation guarantee increases or if you would like assistance with ensuring your business is compliant, contact Enterprise Legal’s Workplace Relations team today:
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The Fair Work Commission has just announced that the National Minimum Wage and all wages in Modern Awards will increase by 2.5%.
The new National Minimum Wage will be $772.60 per week or $20.33 per hour from 1 July 2021.
The increases for Modern Awards will be staggered across a select number of Awards.
The General Retail Industry Award 2020 wages will increase by 2.5% on 1 September 2021.
The following Awards will have their minimum wages increased by 2.5% on 1 November 2021:
All other modern awards will have their minimum wages increased by 2.5% on 1 July 2021.
Learn more about the wage increase: Join Amie Mish-Wills – Principal Legal Advisor Workplace Relations and Alistair Green – Director FocusHR on the 1st of July 2021 for the Chamber of Commerce Fair Work Legislation Update Breakfast.
Following on from the successful passing of the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021 (Cth), the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) has commenced reviewing and amending current modern awards to ensure they align with the new definition of casual employees and appropriately include mechanisms for casual conversion.
Starting with stage 1 awards, the Commission has confirmed that the following awards will be amended on 27 September 2021:
The Commission has highlighted the importance of ensuring existing awards are appropriately amended to remove outdated terms relating to causal employment as historical definitions including “engaged as a casual”, “paid by the hour” and “day to Day” could cause confusion and give rise to inconsistencies and uncertainty because they are inconsistent with the new definition of casual employee in s 15A of the FW Act.
This is only the beginning of the Commission’s review and there will no doubt be further amendments announced as the work progresses. If you would like to know more about the changes to the modern awards, the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) or the definition of a casual employee, reach out to our dedicated Workplace Relations team today:
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As you would have seen in our previous annual wage increase article published in June, the Fair Work Commission announced that it would be rolling out its annual wage increase in stages as a knock on effect of the previous staged increases at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 1 September 2021 the minimum wages contained in the General Retail Industry Award increased by 2.5% as part of this staged rollout. Employers in the retail industry should ensure that they appropriately review their staff wages and not delay in actioning this increase.
The final stage of the increase rollout will take place on 1 November 2021, with the following Awards increasing by 2.5%:
To learn more about the wage increase or to receive advice regarding how to best manage award wage increases throughout your business, contact EL's dedicated Workplace Relations team today:
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