Gender pay gap and small business

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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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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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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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