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Quarterly Employment Law Insights | Winter 2018

Download Full Document WINTER 2018

Welcome to our latest Wallmans’ WRES Quarterly. We begin this edition by wishing you, our valued clients and readers, a prosperous new financial year. In this edition we bring you a number of practical articles, reflecting current topics of interest:

  • A checklist of changes for employers- New financial year
  • “Preedy”: Combining RTW injuries and your premium calculation
  • Testing the boundaries of the gig economy
  • Social media in the workplace
  • Labour hire licensing- an update

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Happy new financial year - a checklist of changes for employers

  • The unfair dismissal high income threshold and guarantee of annual earnings (for federal system employers) has increased to $145,400.
  • The maximum compensation which can be awarded for unfair dismissal, being six months’ pay capped at half the high income threshold, is now $72,700.
  • The 3.5% pay increase to both the federal minimum wage and minimum award rates has commenced (or will shortly commence) on and from the first full pay period falling on or after 1 July 2018.
  • The maximum quarterly contribution base, for superannuation guarantee purposes, is now $54,030 per quarter.
  • The tax-free amount for a genuine redundancy is now a base amount of $10,399, plus $5,200 for each completed year of service.
  • A modification to the 37% tax bracket means that the marginal tax rate now applies to income above $90,000, but below $180,000.
  • The Australian Tax Office’s Single Touch Payroll is now compulsory for most businesses with more than 19 employees.

Importantly, the compulsory superannuation rate of 9.5% of ordinary time earnings has not changed. Absent legislative intervention in the meantime, the rate will remain at 9.5% until 1 July 2021.

If you have any questions about any changes to arrangements relevant to your workplace, particularly as they relate to your wage obligations, please contact a member of our team.

“Preedy”, combining RTW injuries and your premium calculation

Snapshot - Employers are likely to face further changes to premium calculation as a result of judicial interpretation, by the Full Supreme Court of South Australia, in the decision of "Preedy", which related to the issue of “combination injuries”.

Testing the boundaries of the gig economy

Snapshot - Sham contracting is back in the spotlight after the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) commenced proceedings against Foodora Pty Ltd (Foodora) in the Federal Court of Australia. The case involves two bicycle delivery riders, and a delivery driver, who were engaged by Foodora to deliver foods and drinks to customers in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.

Social media in the workplace - an update

Snapshot - The recent media coverage of the cancellation of Roseanne Barr’s television sitcom Roseanne has cast a light on the impact that social media posts, apparently made outside of and unrelated to work, can have on an individual’s employment.

Labor hire licensing - an update

Snapshot - The labour hire industry has in recent years come under increasing regulatory scrutiny, including the recognition of the potential for exploitation of vulnerable workers.

 

Disclaimer

The content of this newsletter is for general information purposes only and should in no way be treated as formal legal advice.