Australia employment law changes 2021
Increase in wages
The Fair Work Commission increased the minimum wage in Australia on 1st July 2021. The increase in the minimum wage has been staggered across industries in order to allow certain industries time to recover as a result of the pandemic. As such the last industries to increase wages for staff are the airline, hospitality and live performances sectors.
From 1st July 2021 the minimum wage for adults working 38 hours per week will increase from $753.80 to $772.60 (an increase of $18.80 per week).
Changes to unfair dismissal
The following amendments have been made:
- Protection from unfair dismissal does not apply to those who do not earn more than the high-income threshold.
- Compensation for an unfair dismissal claim will increase to $79,250.
Changes to casual employment
A new version of the Casual Employment Information Statement has been produced. Small business employers with 15 employees or less must give their casual employees a copy of the casual employment statement as soon as possible. Failure to do so will be a breach of National Employment Standards.
The statement contains information such as what it is to be a casual employee, what must be offered to employees and how to resolve disputes with employers.
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