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Payment of wages update.

Modern AwardsJanuary 5, 2017

Payment of wages update. (Last Updated On: January 5, 2017)

Amendments were recently made to some payment of wages provisions in certain Modern Awards. These amendments fall into two categories.

Annual leave loading provision

The annual leave provisions in the following Modern Awards have been amended.

  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010
  • Joinery and Building Trades Award 2010
  • Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award 2010

The amendment to these three Modern Awards addresses an anomaly in the annual leave clauses and clarifies that shiftworkers under these awards are not entitled to receive both a shift loading and an annual leave loading during periods of annual leave.

Late payment of wages provisions

The late payment of wages provisions have been varied in nine Modern Awards that impose a penalty for the late payment of wages. Those Awards are:

  • Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010
  • Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award 2010
  • Cleaning Services Award 2010
  • Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2010
  • Silviculture Award 2010
  • Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2010
  • Supported Employment Services Award 2010
  • Professional Diving Industry (Industrial) Award 2010
  • Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) Award 2010

The variation to these Awards removes the penalty for the late payment of wages when wages are being paid by EFT ie the penalty remains for late payment of wages by cheque or cash when the employee is left waiting for payment at the workplace for longer than the period specified in the Award.

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