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Fall into line or face a fine: Minimum wage rates

Australia’s minimum wage has risen by 42 cents an hour or $15.80 per week for employees covered by Modern Awards.
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Fall into line or face a fine: Minimum wage rates

Fall into line or face a fine: Minimum wage rates

26 August 2016

Our clients hear it first

The eyes of the Fair Work Ombudsman are always watching to ensure employees are being paid correctly. If you have employees covered by these Awards, we recommend you update your pay packets pronto or risk hefty fines and an unsavoury reputation as an employer – even if you think you pay above the Award rate anyway. The terms of an Award still apply to an employee despite the business paying over award rates. The exception is for high-income employees.

Penalties can be crippling

A business owner who opened two take-away food outlets late last year without checking the wages applicable to his business underpaid his workers almost $50,000 in just four months. The operators of a restaurant who relied on informal market research to set their wage rates have been penalised almost $300,000 for short-changing their employees. 

Checks and balances

Workplace Assured clients never miss a wage rate update or amendment to legislation. As soon as rates are adjusted, we alert our members by email and they can log onto our website to access them. With talk of weekend rates being abolished and an election looming, it’s more important than ever to stay informed.
If, as a client, you have any problems finding the new wage info or understanding it, you call our Workplace Advice Line 24/7 and one of our expert workplace advisers will hold your hand and walk you through exactly how to find the information they need.

We don’t just leave you to it – we won’t leave you until you’re actually looking at the information you asked for.

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