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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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Most businesses have been (and still are), affected in different ways throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In many cases, sales/business is well down and employees that were busy prior, are now not required to work as much as they did, if at all. JobKeeper legislation has certainly helped businesses that fit the eligibility criteria, but there are others that do not qualify but still need to change their workforce. This can be done by agreement in 
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Good news for Employers, the ATO has granted a JobKeeper extension, allowing more time for businesses to pay their workers and get their applications in.

First Two Fortnight Key Dates:

Fortnights One (Mar 30 - Apr 12) and Two (Apr 13 - 26) Employee Payments:   May 8th (was April 30th) JobKeeper Program Enrolment:  May 31 (was April 30)

What does this mean?

So long as you are enrolled by 31 May (provided you meet all eligibility criteria, in
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Can I stand employees down?
Yes you can. Can I direct my team to work different hours or in a different place, even if they have been stood down? Yes you can. You must consult with your employee before directing them to ​change their work hours, work at a different location, or work differently. These changes must be beneficial for the ongoing employment of themselves and/or other employees.
You can change duties so long as the duties are
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UPDATED 16 March 2020 What if one of my employees needs to self isolate/quarantine? What about casual employees? What if my employees are anxious and nervous about catching the virus, or the future of their positions in your business? If your business is doing it tough Safeguarding your workplace against Coronavirus What are the symptoms of Coronavirus? The Coronavirus diseas
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The Fair Work Commission has announced steps that an employer may need to take to ensure against potential underpayments to employees when paid an annual salary under certain Modern Awards (see which Awards below).  This is because extra hours people are working (potentially weekend and overtime) are possibly not being taken into consideration. The new rules start from the first full pay period on or after 1 March 2020. (So for example, an employee whose fortnightly pay was Thursday, 27 February 2020, these rules would
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Sadly the holidays for many of us have come and gone and we are all wondering where that time went.... Well, enough about that - it's time to get your year planned and prepped so you can focus on your sales/growth with minimum stress and actually enjoy your year!  Let's take a look your Human Resources in 2020, and the sorts of things that may present themselves to you this year, so you can think about how you are going to handle them...the right way. Mental Health in the Workplace Mental health in t
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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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