Australia’s employer obligations and industrial relations environment is one of the most challenging in the world, with constant changes in superannuation, tax, and award interpretation.
Organisations face challenges in staying up-to-date on changes, and proactively redeveloping processes and systems to ensure correct employee pay.
The Fair Work Act 2009, together with more than 120 Modern Awards, mandate industry and role specific minimum pay, penalty, overtime and shift rates, as well as a myriad of allowances, break requirements, rostering obligations and leave accrual rules. All of which a compliant organisation needs to understand and correctly apply.
Given the complexity, mistakes can easily be made. In addition to an ever-increasing focus on compliance activity by the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), and increased press attention, in some states there are now ‘wage theft’ laws enacted and ready to be enforced.