Fair Work Increases Minimum Wage, following cuts to Penalty Rates

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The Fair Work Commission increases the minimum wage to combat changes to Penalty Rates.

Yesterday the Fair Work Commission announced that they will be increasing the National Minimum Wage by 3.3%.   This increase will take place as of July 1st 2017 and is expected to increase weekly wages by $22.20.   While this may seem like a small increase, 2.3 million people in Australia will benefit from this decision. This decision follows on from another recent announcement surroun
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Fair Work Penalty Rate Decision 2017

The Fair Work Commission has handed down its long-awaited ruling on weekend penalty rates...

The Fair Work Commission made the following changes to the Sunday and Public Holiday penalty rates:

General Retail Industry Award:

  • For full time and part time employees Sunday penalty rates will be reduced from 200% to 150%
  • Casual employees Sunday penalty rates will be reduced from 200% to 175%.
  • Full time and part time employees Public Holiday penalty rates wil
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Christmas & New Year Public Holidays 2016/2017

Each year Christmas and New Year public holidays fall on different days of the week.  Because of this, each year there is a question around which public holidays are genuine public holidays for penalty rate purposes.  We thought, at HR Central, that the following information may be handy for you when considering your staffing rosters, and what days are public holidays and what are not, and to remind you to stay on top of correct rates of pays during this time. This year Christmas day falls on a Sunday.  Whilst Sunday i
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Recently HR Central were approached to comment on recent findings around Fair Work.

Those key findings were:
  • Since 2009, the Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered more than $161 million in back pay.
  • In 2014-15, the ombudsman brought 34 successful lawsuits against companies for Fair Work violations.
  • Most of these lawsuits (88%) were for unpaid wages or record-keeping offences.
If you are not paying a member of your staff correctly, you can guarantee that
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Annual Wage Review 2016 – Higher Than Expected

FWC confirmed Annual Wage Review – Higher than expected

Each financial year the Fair Work Commission's Expert Panel conducts a complete review of the national minimum wage and modern awards.  This is in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009. The 2015–16 Annual Wage Review directly affects over 1.86 million employees in Australia.  This decision is important as the annual wage review affects those who are reliant upon the minimum rates of pay. All measures of inflation and wages growth are at historical
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