I’ve just returned from a one-day intensive course all about Fair Work legislation. What an eye opening experience. Did you know that in Australia we have the most complex employment laws in the world?
Working out what employees are entitled to, which award they are covered under and how much to pay them can be a convoluted process. It is essential to get this right because failure to comply with the law can lead to big fines. Up to $54,000 per breach if you’re caught doing the wrong thing. No wonder payroll and employee management causes so much stress for business owners!
The best way to avoid these pitfalls is to be educated. Let’s start with the National Employment standards. These are the 10 minimum entitlements that apply to all Australian employees. Every employer must comply with these standards and they cover the following areas:
These 10 entitlements cover the basic entitlements for employees. For more information and to download your copy of the Fair Work Information statement visit www.fairwork.gov.au.
The majority of workers are also covered by a Modern Award. See A Beginners Guide: Modern Awards for the next instalment.