Employers Must Comply with Fair Work Act from 1 July 2009
Employers must immediately comply with the new record keeping and pay slip requirements of the Fair Work Act which takes effect today.
Compliance will be required in relation to:
- Record keeping and pay slips; and
- The new unfair dismissal laws.
Templates for the record keeping and pay slip requirements can be found at the new Fair Work website www.fairwork.gov.au The site was launched on 29 June 2009 and has useful links to fact sheets for employers.
As from today, the 100 employee exemption from the unfair dismissal laws has been abolished. All employers are now covered by the unfair dismissal laws. Employees who have served less than 6 months (or 12 months if the employer employs fewer than 15 full time equivalent employees) are ineligible to apply for unfair dismissal. Employees who earn $108,300 or more a year are also ineligible to apply for unfair dismissal.
The Fair Work Australia website also sets out the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code, which applies to small businesses with fewer than 15 employees based on a simple head count.
Author: Charles Cody