Further to the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision of March this year to introduce an annual entitlement of up to five days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave for award-reliant employees, the FWC has released the finalised version of the model clause on 9 July.
This morning, 1 June 2018, the Minimum Wage Panel of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down its Minimum Wage Ruling. The FWC has awarded an increase of 3.5% to all adult full time weekly rates in the Modern Awards from the first pay period commencing (ppc) on or after 1 July 2018. Proportionate increases will flow to part time and casual workers, juniors, apprentices and trainees.
The 3.5% increase results in the National Minimum Wage (NMW) increasing to $719.20 per week (or $18.93 per hour). Casual workers who remain ‘award free’ will have the casual minimum rate increased to $23.66 per hour from ppc 1 July 2018.
It is important for employers to remember that it will not result in the same dollar value increase for each classification level – higher award rates will receive a higher increase in terms of the dollar amount flowed-on. For example, a 3.5% increase in the NMW is a $24.30 per week increase whereas a 3.5% increase in the standard trade-qualified (C10) rate, currently $809.10 per week, equates to an increase of $28.30 per week.
Allowances contained in each Modern Award, which are calculated as a percentage of the ‘standard rate’, will of course increase following the 3.5% per week increase to the ‘standard rate’ they are calculated from. Furthermore, expense-related allowances, specific to each Modern Award, will increase as necessary subject to the formal determinations issued by the FWC.
ES subscribers can anticipate updated versions of their Modern Award/s being made available online in the week beginning 25 June.
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