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With the introduction of “Real Time Payment” employees and employers want to know if the New Payments Platform (NPP) can be accessed for processing payroll. Here is what the Communications Strategist of NPPA has to say. The New Payments Platform has been established to facilitate real time payments between bank accounts, whether it be consumer to…

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When an employee leaves a company and does not return items such as a laptop, mobile phone or uniform, we are often asked if the cost of the item/s can be deducted from their termination pay. Usually the answer is NO. You still need to pay the termination pay and recover the missing equipment as a…

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Employers who defy orders to pay superannuation to their employees will face jail terms of up to 12 months under draft legislation unveiled today by the Turnbull Government. The Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer, said the draft laws would extend the “Single Touch Payroll” technology to all employers from July 1, 2019….

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Unless there is some last minute success in negotiations, it looks like there will be a train strike on Monday 29 January in Sydney. What impact will this have on your employees, and what does it mean for payroll? On any given day, it is your personal responsibility as an employee to arrive at work on…

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Christmas is just around the corner and is popular time for employees to request annual leave. But what do you do if everyone wants to take time off? Not everyone can be off over Christmas, and that’s ok. But any leave refusal must be reasonable! The Fair Work Act says that an employer can only…

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We are receiving a lot of calls from clients worried about not being ready for Single Touch Payroll. We wish to reiterate that there is still not a lot you can do as an employer, it’s all about when your software provider will be Single Touch Payroll-enabled. You should contact your payroll software or service provider…

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Last week, the government made two significant STP announcements. The announcement included measures to: Require superannuation funds to report contributions received more frequently, at least monthly, to the ATO. This will enable the ATO to identify non-compliance and take prompt action; Bring payroll reporting into the 21st century through the rollout of Single Touch Payroll…

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Minimum Wage Increase

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.3% increase to the National minimum wage and the Modern Awards minimum wage. The new minimum wage is set at $694.90 per week which equates to $18.29 per hour The increase will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2017. Fair Work…

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Single Touch Payroll

Single Touch Payroll is a government initiative to streamline business reporting obligations. Follow the below link to see what this means for your business and employees. https://www.ato.gov.au/about-ato/about-us/in-detail/strategic-direction/streamlined-reporting-with-single-touch-payroll/?=redirected

Overpayment of Staff

It’s always frustrating for an employer when they realise they have overpaid an employee.It seems simple to expect the employee to simply return the money or take it from the next pay.However things are never as simple as they seem, particularly if the overpayment occurred in a previous financial year. There are several options available…

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