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Are you putting on new employees?

September 09, 2020

What you need to do

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What is your employee employed as?
Is there an Award that covers the employee? What is the minimum rate of pay?

Call HIA InfoCentre to get the latest wage rates to ensure what you want to offer meets the minimum wages and entitlements on 1300 650 620. HIA can also assist with employment documents, such as a letter of engagement, which is vital to document the employment arrangement (classification, type of employment, rate, etc.).

Withhold Tax

Get the employee’s tax file number so you can meet this obligation as soon as you pay wages. Forms are available from the ATO, along with tax withholding tables and other information about PAYG tax.

Fair Work Information Statement (FWIS)

This document, published by the Fair Work Ombudsman, sets out information about employment entitlements and protections. Employers are required to give it to any new employee before, or as soon as possible after, they start their new job. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find here.

Superannuation contributions

Most employees get contributions from their employer so ensure you seek fund details from your new employee. If they don’t have a fund, you need to offer them a choice of super, but also ensure you have an employer-nominated fund, or default fund, in case they do not choose their own.
N.B. Superannuation contributions might also need to be made to contractors in certain circumstances if they are deemed to be a worker.

Long service notification

If your employee works in the building and construction industry out on site it is likely that they are covered by the portable long service leave scheme. It is important that My Leave WA is notified once the employee commences so their service can be recorded.

The above is a snap shot of just some of the obligations that an employer has when taking on a new employee. The Workplace Services team can shed more light on the above and talk all things employment.

Contact HIA