On Monday, 3 June 2024, the Fair Work Commission announced its decision on the annual wage review. Effective 1 July 2024, the National Minimum Wage will increase by 3.75%, rising to $24.10 per hour and $915.84 per week for a 38-hour week. This increase will also apply to all classification levels across the 121 Modern Awards.

With wage theft set to become a criminal offence in less than six months, ensuring compliance with the National Employment Standards, awards, or enterprise agreements is more critical than ever.

Essential Steps for Compliance

Before 1 July 2024, take these crucial steps to ensure you meet minimum wage requirements:

  1. Identify Coverage: Determine if your employees are covered by an award or an agreement.
  2. Payment Structure: Understand whether your employees are paid a wage (hourly rate) or a salary (annual rate).
  3. Classify Employees: Determine the correct award classification for each employee.
  4. Compare Rates: Compare current pay rates against the updated award rates to ensure compliance with minimum rates and entitlements.
  5. Consider All Entitlements: For inclusive hourly rates or annual salaries, consider inclusions such as hourly rates, annual leave loading, overtime, and penalty entitlements.

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