The End of Financial Year is always a very busy time for businesses, particularly as it relates to employment issues. Big changes to your employment arrangements come into force on 1 July and you need to make sure that you have everything ready to go.
The Fair Work Ombudsman published Pay Rate Guides for all of the Modern Awards on its website yesterday. These show the relevant penalty rates applicable for each Award for both permanent and casual staff. The Pay Rates Guides can be found here.
If you need to calculate specific rates, you can do so using the Pay And Conditions Tool on their website. If you find it all a bit daunting, give us a call.
The Return to Work Act 2014 (SA) (“RTW Act”) comes into operation from 1 July 2015 and WorkCover with become Return to Work SA. The new regime will bring in significant changes to the workers compensation system, which will impact on your business arrangements. These include:-
For a claim to be accepted, the employment now needs to be “a significant contributing cause” of a physical injury and “the significant contributing cause” of a psychiatric injury.
You need to ensure that you understand your rights and responsibilities under the new scheme and ensure that your Work Health and Safety policies and procedures are up to date, particularly where with regards to record keeping. Make sure you have the new forms required by the scheme.
If you would like a free seminar about the new scheme conducted at your workplace, please give us a call.
For more information please contact:
Joanna Andrew, Partner
Ph: (08) 8414 3454
Elizabeth Olsson, Senior Associate
Ph: (08) 8414 3413
Maria Demosthenous, Solicitor
Ph: (08) 8414 3418
The contents of this E-Alert is for general information only. It is not intended as professional advice - for that you should consult a solicitor or barrister, or any other suitably qualified professional such as your accountant.
Practice Area: Employment