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Award Rates

Employer guidance on the correct award rates

Many employers and business managers are unsure of the correct award rate for their full time and casual staff, even after trawling through extensive information online that is available. This can be a complex and time consuming process and, if done incorrectly can result in costly fines from Fair Work Ombudsman.

BetterHR helps Employers and Business Managers ensure their Employees are the on correct award rate. We’ve helped many Clients save time, money, and avoid potential penalties – like back-pay claims and damaging “wage theft” scandals in the news of late.

We help you determine the correct award wages, and provide tailored advice to your unique business circumstance, covering:

  • Award wages, Award rates
  • General retail industry award
  • Retail award rate
  • Hospitality award rates
  • General retail award
  • Hospitality award
  • fast food award rate
  • Aged Care Award rate
  • childcare award wages
  • Cleaner award rate
  • Pharmacist award rate
  • Restaurant award rates
  • Schads award rates
  • Clerks award pay guide
  • and more!

About the Modern Award:

A modern award is a legal document which sets out the minimum terms and conditions of employment on top of the National Employment Standards (NES).

Modern awards apply to all employees covered by the national workplace relations system.

The pay rate for most employees is set out in the applicable occupation-based modern award.

Managers or higher income employees may not be covered by a modern award even if one applies to the industry in which they work.

Some employers and employees will not be covered by an award or registered agreement. When an employee is not covered by an award of agreement, they are considered to be award an agreement free. In these situations, the National Minimum Wage and the NES will form the minimum terms and conditions of employment.

How Better HR helps:

BetterHR provides the essential HR tools and advice that every business needs to pay workers correctly. In a single subscription, Employers get access to HR experts, employment lawyers, and HR software for compliant record keeping, and easy timesheet management.

Delivered via an affordable annual subscription, BetterHR helps you determine the correct rates before you hire, and do an audit of existing pay:

  • Award Rates/Pay Rates
  • Hours of work
  • Rosters
  • Breaks
  • Allowances
  • Penalty rates
  • Overtime
  • And more

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