Independent Contractor – Paying SGL

James Murphy Tax, WHS

Question I am a subscriber to your excellent magazine. I have recently become aware that in some circumstances an entity engaging a person to do work as an independent contractor rather than an employee may have to pay SGL to the contractors nominated super fund. I have not been able to find any clarity on this and the circumstances in …

Legal Obligation- Breastfeeding

James Murphy Tax, WHS

Question I have a few questions regarding maternity leave (returning to work). I have 2 staff members currently on maternity leave both breastfeeding. They are due to return March / April. I am wondering what I can legally do regarding them being able to feed their babies – off site (as we are preschool 3-5 years) and do not have …

Clerks Award Amendments — COVID-19

Joshua Easton HR/IR, Tax, WHS

On the weekend the Fair Work Commission amended the clerks flexibility provisions to insert a new schedule in regard to the COVID 19 Pandemic. The changes are from the first full pay period after the 28th March and expire 30 June unless extended. The changes in summary are: Ordinary hours of work have changed when working from home, they are …

Cash Flow Assistance for Businesses

Joshua Easton HR/IR, Tax, WHS

Economic Response to the Coronavirus This assistance will support businesses to manage cash flow challenges and help businesses retain their employees. These two measures are designed to support employing small and medium enterprises and to improve business confidence. In addition, the wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees will help to ensure the continued development of the skilled workforce that employers …

2020 Economic Stimulus Package

Joshua Easton HR/IR, Tax, WHS

On 12.3.2020, the Federal Government announced a $17.6 billion economic plan to keep Australians in jobs, keep businesses in business and support households and the Australian economy as the world deals with the significant challenges posed by the spread of the coronavirus.

Mid-Year IR Update 2018

Joshua Easton HR/IR, Tax, WHS

Mid-Year Industrial Relations Update July 2018 Increase in Award Wages The Fair Work Commission issued the Annual Wage Review decision on 1 June 2018, and increased the national minimum wage and award minimum wages by 3.5 percent. This will bring the national minimum wage to $719.20 per week, on the basis of 38 ordinary hours per week, or $18.93 per …