Following the Fair Work Commission’s 2020 Annual Wage Review decision, minimum wages are set to increase by 1.75% on the first full pay period starting on or after 1 November. Increase will affect hourly rates as well as public holidays and other penalties in all employees 21 years and over.
Continue reading Minimum Wage Increase for Nanny’s
We have communicated throughout the year on the ever changing and challenging Covid health crisis and how we can remain safe for our families, our staff and the public in general. Continue reading Covid Safety Check
Employees are entitled to 12 months of unpaid parental leave when a child is born or adopted. An additional 12 months leave can be requested. Types of maternity and parental leave as well as employee eligibility can be found on the Fair Work Australia website here
Continue reading Maternity and Parental Leave
The Miscellaneous Award recently incurred a temporary schedule amendment due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The schedule provides employees with two weeks unpaid pandemic leave and the ability to take twice as much accrued leave at half pay.
Continue reading Changes to the Miscellaneous Award
As most Australian states are discussing stage 3 lockdowns, we understand these are quite concerning, if not terrifying realities to our communities. Each state and territory managing their individual regions, please refer to the latest public health orders to your area. At this stage, the NSW and Victorian governments have released what this would look like and those who need to travel to care for children are still classified as essential services. Please see the links below and the advice your region.
Continue reading What does Stage 3 Lockdown look like for Nanny Care – Covid-19
Information being delivered from Federal Government to assist small and medium business in maintaining their staff during the Covid-19 health crisis is evolving quickly. We have been watching these announcements closely to keep you, as employers, as up to date as possible with additional funding you may be able to access in order to maintain your nannies employment. As communicated last week, a temporary cash flow supplement will be released automatically to businesses whose withhold tax activity remains active until September 2020. This supplement will automatically be applied as a credit on your activity statements until September 2020. See the link below.
Continue reading Federal Assistance for Maintaining Employees – Covid-19
This is an extremely difficult time for all employers and employees. Nannies and au pairs are (except for WA) covered by the Miscellaneous Award and are entitled to all the associated benefits around leave and termination.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has a very comprehensive list of alternate scenarios that may be occurring due to the health crisis created by COVID-19.
Please refer to their website https://coronavirus.fairwork.gov.au/
We have been receiving a number of enquiries relating to the ‘what ifs’ around employer/ employee relations with the current health discussions pertaining to the Coronavirus. We do understand that everyone has their own opinions and this advice is of a general nature.
Most work places have begun restricting staff can and cannot do to control the impact the virus could have to ongoing business and the health of staff. We understand that some companies have stopped interstate and international business travel as well as cancelling conferences and other face to face meetings. In the majority of these cases, business can be conducted remotely and the need for face to face contact can be avoided.
Continue reading Coronavirus – What’s your plan B?
From July 1, Single Touch Payroll (STP) starts for employers with less than 20 employees. STP is a new way of reporting tax and super information to the ATO. This will be done each time you run a payroll, the details of the payslip will be sent to the ATO electronically.
The majority of families with a nanny will be exempt until July 2021.
Continue reading Single Touch Payroll Exemption