Time Off in Lieu (TOIL) – Making it work for you

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Many of Australia’s Federal Awards include provisions for employers and employees to use time off in lieu (TOIL) arrangements instead of payment of overtime for extra hours worked. This can be a cost-effective arrangement for employers as time in lieu is taken as time for time eg 1 hour worked overtime equals 1 hour time off in lieu, whereas payment at overtime rates commence at a minimum of 150% of the ordinary hourly rate.

However, there are so

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This year’s Annual Wage Review has resulted in the decision to increase the national minimum wage by 2.5%

The Commission's President, Iain Ross said the decision had been made based on the “markedly better" economic climate this year.

Explaining the decision, Iain stated, "..there was a broad consensus in the submissions before us that the current performance of the economy has exceeded expec

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The Fair Work Commission has just announced a conservative increase in the minimum wage.  The increase is based on a panel decision, that includes recommendations from Unions and other industry sectors that varied from the a 4% increase to no increase at all.  As a result the following decision was made:

1.75% National Minimum Wage Increase as at 1 July, 2020

The Fair Work Commission has announced that from the national minimum wage will increase by 1.75% to $753.80 per week. This equates
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If you have a business that will be open in December and January on a public holiday, you need to take into account the following information when paying your team. You also need to be aware that holidays may vary from state to state.

HR Central can help you determine what to pay on a public holiday to ensure you are not at risk of underpayments, that can lead to heavy fines and penalties and can be a bad blow to your business reputation. Give us
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The Fair Work Commission has announced that from July 1 the national minimum wage will increase by 3% to $740.80 per week. This equates to an hourly rate of $19.49. A minimum wage is an employee's base rate of pay for ordinary hours worked. It has also announced an increase of 3% in all modern award minimum wages, which govern minimum mandatory pay rates in certain occupations or industries.   Confused already?   Contact us here The decision
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In the last year there has been a lot of coverage in the media about the gender pay gap.  It was rumoured that morning TV host Lisa Wilkinson jumped ship to Channel Ten after she found that her co-host at Channel Nine, Karl Stefanovic, was being paid significantly more for doing the same job. In March this year a large energy group committed to fixing their gender pay gap ‘overnight’, spending $1.2m to increase the pay packets of 350 women it had paid less than their male colleagues doing the same work. Clearly there
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On the 12th of December 2017, the Fair Work Commission announced that they will introducing certain changes to the overtime rates and shift entitlements for casual and part-time employees in some awards. These changes will apply from the 1st of January 2018 onwards and have been explained below. As a reminder a casual employee is an employee that:
  • has no guaranteed hours of work;
  • doesn’t receive paid sick or annual leave entitlements;
  • receives a casual loading (a higher h
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Please note that this is information from the previous year.  If you are wanting information regarding public holidays for the remainder of this year (2018) and January next year (2019).  Please click here. As you know, Christmas and New Year public holidays fall on different days of the week each year.  Because of this, there is a question around which public holidays are genuine public holidays for penalty rate pu
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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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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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