In brief – Employers will need to update employment contracts and HR practices by 1 March 2020 to comply with new modern award changes Are your employees covered by a modern award? If so, your business may soon be affected by the Fair Work Commission’s recent decision to make changes to annualised salary clauses. In the most recent 4 yearly review of modern awards, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has

An employee may have a statutory right to volunteer as part of the national response to the bushfire relief effort and there are several types of leave available. Background The nation and the world have watched as Australia grapples with one of the worst natural disasters the country has ever seen. As part of the national relief effort, employers and employees should be aware of entitlements available to those volunteering

Recent clarification on the Superannuation Guarantee Ruling SGR 2009/2 by the ATO, confirms that superannuation is payable on annual leave loading unless it can be demonstrated that the leave loading is paid due to an employee’s lost opportunity to work overtime. The ATO has since published some examples on its website detailing when an Employer can demonstrate that the leave loading is paid due to an employee’s lost opportunity to

Single Touch Payroll (also called STP or one touch payroll), is an initiative from the ATO to encourage frequent salary reporting. This means you’ll be required to report salaries and wages, PAYG withholdings, and superannuation, every time you pay your employees. From 1 July 2018, STP became mandatory for employers with 20 or more employees, and from 1 July 2019, all Australian small business owners are required to report their payroll

Small business owners who employ casual staff are set to be impacted by new provisions that will allow some casual employees to convert to full-time or part-time work after 12 months of employment.

The Fair Work Commission has just announced a 3.5% increase to minimum wages following its 2018 Annual Wage Review.

Queensland businesses are being urged to seek advice and check records of current and former employees after a major Federal Court decision on the wages of apprentices in Queensland. 

Xero Me has now been released for iOS and Android in Australia.