Industrial relations expert Miles Heffernan is urging business owners to check the new minimum pay rates that came into effect at the start of July to ensure they are complying with workplace laws.
Since July 1, the national minimum wage increased to $719.20 a week, or $18.93 an hour, with the base rates in all modern awards also increasing.
The pay rise for low paid workers was the result of a decision by the Fair Work Commission to increase the minimum wage by 3.5 percent.
Mr Heffernan, Director of Litigation at Employer Advisors, said business owners had a legal obligation to ensure their staff are paid their full lawful rates, penalties and overtime.
“Annual wage rises are a trap for many business owners – many have been caught out underpaying staff by not keeping up with the what the current legal award rates are,” he said.
“If any boss is unsure what they should be paying staff, there is a wealth of information available on the Fair Work Ombudsman website including an easy to use pay calculator that tells you exactly what you must pay workers under their relevant award.”
In addition to the pay rise, Sunday penalty rates have changed for workers in the hospitality, fast food, retail and pharmacy sectors.
“At the end of the day, it’s up to employers to make sure they are always up to date with their workplace obligations to make sure they remain compliant with the law,” Mr Heffernan said.
To access the Fair Work Ombudsman pay calculator, click here.
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