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Timely reminder on pay rates and entitlements

Mark Fletcher
July 14th, 2019 · 3 Comments

The news last week that the new CEO of Michael Hill jewellers identified a $25M shortfall in employee pay and entitlements is a timely reminder to all retail business owners…

  • Check employee classifications and ensure they match their tasks.
  • Check rates of pay for each employee to ensure they are correct.
  • Check entitlements for each employee and enquire they are correct.

Time checking these today could avoid penalties down the track. Government data matching makes catching mistakes and misbehaviour easier for the regulators.

The areas noted above are part of the provisions of the vulnerable workers legislation.


Category: Ethics · Newsagency management

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Colin // Jul 14, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    I’m a big supporter of minimum wage rates but have some massive criticisms. The rates should only cover minimums and should not be concerned with task levels. They are impossible to police and I would venture the vast majority of employers are only interested in the entry rate.

    What Fair Work are not tackling is the gig economy. Of the jobs available at any point those in gig economy are totally detached for rates for tasks carried out. This like the internet and online sales has become a big disadvantage to small businesses that big businesses exploit.


  • 2 John // Jul 14, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Unrelated question to this post. How does a system 6 for powerball work? Does it mean you automatically get the seventh number and just have to get the six numbers + the powerball?


  • 3 Greenacres Newsagency // Jul 15, 2019 at 8:39 AM

    yes John, what you have written is correct.


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