The National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage

You can’t afford to get wages wrong.

As of 1 July 2021 the National Minimum Wage is $20.33 per hour or $772.60 per week.

    Paying correct wages is one of the hardest things for employers to get right.

    The National Minimum Wage applies to employees not covered by an award or registered agreement. This is the minimum pay rate provided by the Fair Work Act 2009 and is reviewed each year.

    Not only is there a base rate of pay, but there are often penalty rates, allowances, additional benefits for annual and sick leave. There are also requirements concerning commission payments in some industries and much more to take into account when an employer is calculating an employee’s pay.

    Different types of minimum wages

    Some employees have a different minimum wage depending on their employment type, age or work capacity. For more information about pay for these employees, visit:

    There are some awards with special pay rates, or that allow employers to make other pay arrangements. 

    IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR BUSINESS EMPLOYEE WAGE OR AWARD STRUCTURE PLEASE CONTACT US TODAY.

    Outwest Legal was established to bring high quality and cost effective, legal services to the Greater Western Sydney Region.

    What does it mean to be stood down?

    What does it mean to be stood down?

    What does it mean to be ‘stood down’ from your job?

    Have you been “stood down”?

      What does being ‘stood down’ mean?

      Simply put, being ‘stood down’ means you stop working and you’re not paid, but you’re still employed by the business and have entitlements. Being stood down is temporary, and is different to being made redundant or being fired.

      Under the Fair Work Act, employers aren’t required to pay employees who are stood down.

      When you’re stood down without pay, you will still be employed by your employer and will accrue leave entitlements such as annual leave, long service leave and personal leave.

      Businesses affected by government COVID restrictions, particularly where there is a stay-at-home direction, may be able to lawfully stand down employees without pay. But they can’t stand down employees simply because the business is not doing as well as it was before.

      What are your rights during a stand down?

      Being stood down will affect some of your rights – while others remain untouched.

      Remember that being stood down doesn’t mean that your role is redundant. You’re still employed, but your employer is not required to pay your normal salary during the stand down.

      Check your contract, modern award or enterprise agreement. Some modern awards include specific provisions relating to leave during the COVID pandemic, including the ability to take extended annual leave at reduced pay.

      Whether the stand down occurred due to COVID or another reason, there are rules around what can and can’t be done during the stand down period.

      FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR WORKPLACE RIGHTS IN NSW PLEASE CONTACT US TODAY.

      Outwest Legal was established to bring high quality and cost effective, legal services to the Greater Western Sydney Region.

      Your employment, Covid19 and LGAs

      Your employment, Covid19 and LGAs

      What do the new covid19 restrictions mean for workers in sydney lga’s?

      Changes to workers in Greater Sydney, especially in some LGA’s.

      Will you need a vaccination to work? do you live in one of the lga’s affected by the new covid-19 restrictions?

      If you work in construction and live in one of the LGA’s under current lockdowns the changes now mean construction workers from affected LGAs must provide evidence that they have received:

      • two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
      • one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least three weeks before attending work
      • one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and, if less than three weeks since that vaccine was administered, a negative COVID-19 test or negative rapid antigen test in the previous 72 hours

      The current Greater Sydney lockdown is planned to end on August 28..

      Has your business or work been affected? If you need more  information please contact us today.

      Outwest Legal was established to bring high quality and cost effective, legal services to the Greater Western Sydney Region.