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Q/ Our General manger has asked why we should accrue LSL on-costs from day one? If you have any supporting documentation/website link that you can forward me, it would be a real help. A/ While companies usually do not have to make LSL payments for their employees until after 5, 7 or 10 years (depending…

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Payslips

Q/ An employee has requested copies of their payslips. How far back in time can an employee request an employer to provide copies? A/ An employer is required to keep payroll records for seven years, so it would not be “unreasonable” for an employee too request copies going back that far. However if an employer…

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Public Holidays

With Easter just around the corner, it is important for all to know their obligations when it comes to public holidays. http://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/public-holidays/pages/default.aspx

Parental Leave

Question We have an employee who is on parental leave. She was originally going to have take six months’ leave but subsequently asked for it to be extended for a further six months and provided us with the required four weeks’ notice. She has now changed her mind and wants to come back to work…

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Employees can now apply for their Tax File Number (TFN) online and authenticate their proof of identity documents at participating Australia Post retail outlets. If you have any new staff who do not have a TFN then this service may be of use. Please note that it is only available to Australian residents who are…

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Are You Missing Any Super?

The ATO has a free, online search tool that shows: details of any of your super accounts that have received contributions in the past two financial years; any lost super reported to the ATO; and any super the ATO may hold on your behalf. The tool, SuperSeeker, can be accessed at the following link: The…

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Superannuation Rate Changes

The Superannuation percentages are scheduled to increase in steps over a number of years as follows: 2013/2014 – 9.25% 2014/2015 – 9.50 % 2015/2016 – 10.00% 2016/2017 – 10.50% 2017/2018 – 11.00% 2018/2019 – 11.50% 2019/2020 – 12.00% Mark these dates in your calendar.

Q/ If an employee is given 3 months notice of redundancy, and they find other employment within that period and want to leave early are they still entitled to their statutory redundancy payment? A/ It is possible that redundancy pay will still be owed to the employee, but you may not have to pay out…

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DEATH OF AN EMPLOYEE

Q/ Unfortunately an employee has passed away and we have some payments still owing to them. How should I pay and tax them? A/ Once you have established who can legally receive and make directions about the payments (which may be some time after the employee has passed away), then make the payments in the…

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Q/ The Australia Day public holiday falls on Monday January 28, 2013, but Australia Day itself is on Saturday January 26, 2013. What should we pay employees who work on either of those days? A/ January 26 has been substituted by January 28 as the public holiday in every State and Territory. This means that…

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