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Reminder – Minimum rates of pay have gone up.

By Danica Leys, AgChatOZ

Many employers would be aware of the minimum wage decision that was handed down prior to the end of the last financial year. The changes contained in that decision are to have taken place from the first pay period after 1 July 2014. If you are not yet aware, this article serves as a good reminder to get on track with paying your employees the correct wage as it is important to remain compliant with your legal obligations as an employer.

The decision was handed down by the Fair Work Commission Minimum Wage Panel on the 5th July, 2014. It means that the national minimum wage will go from $622 per week to $640.90, or $16.87 per hour. This represents around a 3% rise. All employees that are reliant on award rates of pay will be affected by this decision.

As an employer there are a number of things that you need to check, depending on your situation. In summary, these are:

 

  • If you have employees on the minimum rate of pay, you will need to ensure that you have increased their rate of pay from the first pay period after 1 July 2014.
  • Employees covered by specific modern awards will also be eligible for pay rises and you should check the current rates of pay to ensure that you are paying the correct amount. You should also check changes in relation to allowances.
  • For employees that are paid above award wages, employers will need to check that that their wages still remain above award, the same goes for employers that have negotiated workplace agreements.

If you are unsure about how these changes affect you as an employer, you can contact the Fair Work Commission for clarification.

Disclaimer: the information provided in this article is general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice.