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Shift Allowances

Q – Are shift allowances payable when an employee takes annual or personal/carer’s leave? A – You do need to check the particular EBA or Modern Award  that covers your employee, but most commonly the answer is that these allowances are not payable when employees are on leave. This is because the allowance is paid…

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Work Trials

If you’ve been asked to work a trial shift, you should ask about pay. Anything more than a brief demonstration of skills? Chances are it should be paid. https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/unpaid-work/unpaid-trials

Unfortunately, 2016 got off to a scary start for some of us, with bushfires raging in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. The Fair Work Ombudsman has a fact sheet to assist businesses understand their employees’ entitlements during a natural disaster. It also provides information about employees who need time off work as they are…

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How to tax a bonus

Taxing a bonus can be quite confusing. There are several methods to tax a bonus. There is Method A and Method B (i) and (ii). Let’s look at Method A Method A is a simpler calculation and the most commonly used method. Bonuses are taxed at “marginal rates.” Marginal rates does not refer to the…

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The superannuation Maximum Contribution Base is the upper earnings limit for each quarter that an employer is obliged to pay superannuation contributions. The Maximum Contributions Base for 2015/16 financial year is $50,810 per quarter —(this figure is indexed each year and provided by the ATO). An employer is obliged to pay superannuation contributions on ordinary time…

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Outstanding payments for time worked up to termination: All outstanding payments must be paid to an employee upon termination. Payments may include any outstanding ordinary time hours, overtime, allowances, leave taken, bonuses, shift loadings, etc, that would have been payable and treated as normal pay and taxed using the appropriate tax tables. Other payments can…

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There are just over 11 weeks until Christmas – and while that sounds scary, it is a timely reminder to start preparing for any closures that will happen at your workplace over the Christmas/New Year period. If you are planning an annual Shut Down, information on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website provides guidance on what…

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Jury Duty

What notice and evidence is required for leave taken in regard to jury duty? Employees must advise their employers of the period or expected period of leave as soon as possible. If an employee requests leave they need to provide evidence showing they attended jury selection or jury duty. How do we treat payment for…

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The TFN Declaration and the Withholding Declaration have been updated for 2015-2016 due to the following changes. Trade Support Loans Both declarations have been revised to reflect a new type of debt that some staff may have, known as a Trade Support Loan (TSL). This is a loan made available by the Federal Government to…

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