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❌ Myth 1: If you agreed to be paid less than the award rate, then it’s ok - especially if it’s off the books.
FACT: It’s unlawful to pay less than the minimum rates from the worker’s award or enterprise agreement. So your boss is breaking the law. It’s also unlawful to be paid off the books so you don’t get super or pay tax as required.
❌ Myth 2: Employees don't need to be paid for time spent opening and closing a business.
FACT: Employees must be paid for all hours they dedicate to work. For example, if you’re required to be at work at 7.45am to set up for an 8am opening, you need to be paid from 7.45am.
❌ Myth 3: Paying employees with food, drink or store goods is OK.
FACT: You need to be paid in money for all the time you work.
❌ Myth 4: Pay slips aren’t mandatory – employers only need to give employees pay slips if they ask for them.
FACT: Every worker needs to be given a pay slip for every pay day. We also recommend keeping your own record of when you work too, so you can check you’re being paid accurately. Keeping your own record can help you raise and resolve any issues early on.
Check out our other myths and tips: www.fairwork.gov.au/find-help-for/young-workers-and-students/myths-and-tips-for-young-workers ... See MoreSee Less
Look, we love a dirty pizza as much as anyone, but it isn’t a substitute for pay. It’s unlawful to be paid in food, drinks, clothing or store products.
So if you need to stay back late to close, or come in for a compulsory meeting or training, it isn’t enough to get dinner or drinks as compensation. You need to be paid for your time.
Check out our tips about other dodgy work practices: www.fairwork.gov.au/find-help-for/young-workers-and-students/myths-and-tips-for-young-workers ... See MoreSee Less
Compulsory training completed outside of work hours should be paid time – even if the training is online and you can do it from home.
The only exception is for training that is to get or maintain a qualification or certification that's a requirement of the job. So if your award, enterprise agreement or employment contract says you must have a particular qualification as a requirement of employment, you likely won't be entitled to be paid for completing it outside work hours.
Some awards and registered agreements do contain special provisions for required qualifications, like a first aid allowance that is payable in some circumstances. So it's a good idea to check your award or enterprise agreement to see what your entitlements are.
Make sure you’re across our other common myths and tips: www.fairwork.gov.au/find-help-for/young-workers-and-students/myths-and-tips-for-young-workers ... See MoreSee Less
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FACT: If your boss is underpaying you and threatening to cancel your student visa because you’ve worked more than you should have, we can help you.
Remember, only the Department of Home Affairs can cancel visas. We have an arrangement with Home Affairs to encourage workers who are being exploited to get our help – even if they’ve breached their student visa conditions.
Under this arrangement, your temporary visa will not be cancelled if you:
✅had an entitlement to work as part of your visa
✅believe you have been exploited at work
✅have reported your circumstances to us
✅are actively assisting us in an investigation.
This applies as long as you commit to abiding by your visa conditions in the future and where there is no other basis for visa cancellation (such as national security, character, health or fraud grounds).
Find out more: www.fairwork.gov.au/find-help-for/visa-holders-and-migrants ... See MoreSee Less
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The town in Australia where houses sell for less than $37,000
A house at Cunnamulla, in western Queensland, can be snapped up for less than it costs to buy a brand new Toyota HiLux ute. CoreLogic figures showed $36,687 was the median price in 2019. ... See MoreSee Less
Employers: Closing down for the holidays?
If you’re already reporting through Single Touch Payroll (STP) and preparing your payroll in advance, it’s ok to lodge your STP report early. You can also submit multiple pay-runs at the same time to cover the whole period. For more info, visit www.ato.gov.au/business/Single-Touch-Payroll ... See MoreSee Less
Approached by someone offering unusually cheap tax services or promising refunds that are too good to be true?
🚨Beware of unregistered preparers! Remember, only a registered tax agent can charge a fee to prepare and lodge your tax return.
Today an unregistered preparer from Sydney received a criminal conviction for dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage. Charging a $100 fee, he used the personal myGov credentials of 1,098 individuals to lodge tax returns on their behalf, redirecting some of the refunds into his own bank account. Find out more at www.ato.gov.au/Media-centre/Media-releases/Thieving-fake-tax-agent-stopped-by-the-ATO/ ... See MoreSee Less
Too many restaurants and cafes are getting pay wrong.
If you work in the industry, you should check you’re being paid at least the minimum entitlements from your award or enterprise agreement.
If you’re a full-time level 1 employee under the Restaurant Award, and 20 or older, you need to be paid at least $20.06 p/h. If you’re casual, it is goes up to $25.08 p/h.
Depending on your experience and duties, you could be entitled to a higher rate. Use our Pay Calculator to check your minimum rates under the award: calculate.fairwork.gov.au/findyouraward ... See MoreSee Less
PSA for anyone working in retail this December.
Under the Retail Award:
• the adult (21 and over) casual rate starts from $26.76. Use our Pay Calculator to check your minimum rates under the award: calculate.fairwork.gov.au/findyouraward
• casuals have a 3 hour minimum shift length. You have to be paid for this as a minimum, even if you get sent home early
• if working 4 hours or more you get a paid 10 minute break and if more than 5 hours you also get a 30 - 60 minute unpaid break.
Remember, entitlements may be different if your workplace has an enterprise agreement (but your base pay rate can’t be less than under the award). ... See MoreSee Less
Your mum was right: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! 😩
If someone tells you about a way to pay less tax, make sure it’s legit. Dodgy tax arrangements can get you in trouble. Check before you invest and find out how to tell the difference between tax planning and tax avoidance at www.ato.gov.au/general/tax-planning ... See MoreSee Less
The case of the dodgy camper: We recently investigated an electrician whose tax return had some fishy claims... 🤔 a camping guide, portable fridge, jerry can, sprinkler, BBQ wipes, shovels, soft drink and a picnic rug 🤦
He said his boss needed him to travel and camp for work, but when we spoke to his employer they confirmed that wasn’t the case. Since the sparkie didn’t have any genuine expenses and knowingly misrepresented his circumstances, we knocked back the claims and applied a penalty.
➡ Steer clear of the dodgy deductions trap. Check out our info on what you can claim at www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/Deductions-you-can-claim/ or talk to a registered tax agent. ... See MoreSee Less
It’s a myth that employees have to attend work meetings after hours for free.
If you’re required to attend a work meeting, it is work time and should be paid. And that means 💵 for the time, not free dinner or some store products (although it’s fine to get these as well as pay).
Do you know the other common workplace myths you should look out for? Check out our info to make sure you’re getting the right entitlements: www.fairwork.gov.au/find-help-for/young-workers-and-students/myths-and-tips-for-young-workers ... See MoreSee Less