What is a ‘minimum pay rate’ or ‘base rate of pay’ for the construction industry?The minimum or base rate of pay is the minimum amount that employees must be paid for their ordinary hours of work. An employee’s base rate depends on their:
On Friday 1 June 2018 the Fair Work Commission announced a 3.5% increase to the minimum wage. The increase applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2018.
The increase affects the minimum wage in modern awards, as well as allowances that are based on the minimum rate of pay.
New minimum wage increases apply from the first full pay period after 1 July 2019.
Who do the new rates apply to?
Employees who get their pay rates from:
Employers must issue pay slips to each employee within one working day of their pay day. It is best practice for these to be written in plain and simple English. The pay slip must be issued in either electronic form or hard copy. Employers must ensure that a pay slip is always issued to an employee, even when they are on leave.
The Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) is an online tool provided by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO).
Protected industrial action—strike payIf an employee takes part in protected industrial action, which is not a partial work ban their employer must deduct money from their pay.
The Federal Court has increased a penalty awarded against building company J Hutchinson Pty Ltd from $1,200 to $20,000.
The ABCC filed an appeal from the Federal Circuit Court’s original decision on the basis the penalty was manifestly inadequate.
An employee’s pay and conditions, as well as rights and responsibilities, depend on their type of employment.
The High Court of Australia today confirmed the Federal Court can order a union official to personally pay a penalty and not seek reimbursement or indemnity from the union.