Important Employment Law Changes

As flagged at our recent Seminar on Employment Law, several changes applicable to the workplace commence tomorrow (1 July 2022).

High Income Threshold

The high income threshold increases from $158,500 to $162,000 from 1 July 2022. Employees with a guaranteed income equal to or exceeding this amount, excluding superannuation, are not covered by awards. Among other issues, this means they are not able to make unfair dismissal claims.

Minimum wage increase

The national minimum wage will increase by 5.2%. Not all industries – such as the hospitality industry – need to pay this amount immediately, so if you are uncertain whether you need to pay the higher rate, please reach out to our Employment Law team for advice.

Superannuation guarantee rate

The amount of superannuation employers need to pay their employees will also change, increasing from 10% to 10.5% and will increase to 12% by 2025.