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As many employers may already know, over the past few years, penalty rates in the Restaurant, Hospitality, Pharmacy, Fast Food and Retail awards have been gradually changing. This week encounter another phase of changes to the Retail Industry Award. Specifically with casual penalty rates. We do not usually mention particular award changes for individual awards, but this is…

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As we know, the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outburst as a public health emergency of international concern. As a result, employers need to understand their obligations in considering how this may affect their employees. This may include the granting of different forms of leave, working from home or taking extra precautions in…

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The Annual Bonus

We are very close to Christmas and being the time for giving, some employers might be thinking of providing an annual bonus to employees. When employees are paid bonuses, it is assessable income to them and processed as such in payroll: • Deduct PAYG from the amount using a marginal rates calculation • Report it…

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Taking annual leave in advance

With Christmas around the corner, some employees may want to take annual leave in advance. In this article we look how you can protect yourself when agreeing to let an employee take annual leave in advance. When can an employee take annual leave in advance? Under the annual leave in advance clause now included in…

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The clocks have moved forward by 1 hour.  This is due to daylight saving, which started at 2am on Sunday 6th October 2019 in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. Daylight saving doesn’t apply in Western Australia, the Northern Territory or Queensland. How does this impact payroll? Employees most likely…

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Superannuation Checklist

With Single Touch Payroll bringing increased focus on compliance, paying superannuation correctly is more important than ever. Here are some ideas to form your own superannuation checklist: Check that you are paying superannuation to all entitled workers. It is important to know that some contractors may be entitled to superannuation as well. Check you are paying…

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ATO PAYG variations

Occasionally, an employee can decrease the amount of tax withheld from their salary. The employee must apply and obtain an approved withholding variation from the ATO in order to have their tax decreased in payroll. This is also known as a ‘downward variation’. What process must the employee follow to vary their PAYG? In order…

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Changes are constant in the new era of payroll. The way payroll can on-board new starters has changed as well. Employers can continue their current processes such as offering paper forms, but here are the newer options: Employees can link the following forms into their MyGov account: ·         Tax file number declaration ·         Superannuation (super)…

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Fair Work have made a recent update to ‘What has to be on a pay slip?’ on their website. The site now includes the term ‘casual loading’. If this is not shown on the pay slip, a note can be included to state that the hourly rate incorporates the causal loading. Here is the list…

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Visits from the ATO

ATO Assistant Commissioner Peter Holt recently announced that in the 2019/20 financial year, the ATO will be visiting a further 10,000 small businesses across the country including up to 500 small businesses in Tasmania. They will also target businesses that advertise as ‘cash only’ and who’s operation contributes to the black economy. “Businesses that pay…

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