1.75% Increase to Minimum Wages

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The National Wage decision was announced on June 19th with a 1.75% increase awarded. This will be phased in over 3 dates.

Essential services awards such as Health, Electricity, Gas, Social & Community Services, Firefighters, Pharmacy will increase from July 1st, 2020.

The 2nd phase will increase from 1st November and includes the Clerical, Construction, Transport, Horticulture, Professional, Education, Veterinary and Waste management awards.

The final phase of increases will occur from 1st February 2021 and primarily cover the most affected COVID-19 industries such as Retail, Fitness, Hair & Beauty, Fast Food, Travel, Restaurant and Hospitality industries.

The absolute minimum wage applicable for an adult under any award will now increase to $19.84 per hour being $753.80 per standard 38 hour week.

Last week, the Victorian Government introduced a new bill to govern the issue of wages theft. The Wage Theft Bill 2020 will make underpayment of wages a criminal offence.

The bill will come into effect from 1st July 2021 and will place more stringent record keeping requirements on all employers.

For more information visit the Fairwork website

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