As the end of financial year sales wrap up and businesses reset for the new financial year that has dawned, there are a raft of changes and new laws that business operators need to ensure that they are across.

New Wage Rates

The 2024/2025 Award wage rates apply from the first full pay period on or after 1st of July 2024.  This means that the first pay period that does not have a day of June in it needs to be at the new 2024/2025 rates.

For more see; https://acapmag.com.au/2024/06/acapma-wage-guides-2024-2025-released/

Superannuation

The 2024/2025 superannuation guarantee rate of 11.5% also applies to the first full pay period on or after the 1st of July 2024.

For more see; https://acapmag.com.au/2024/06/superannuation-changes-coming-2/

ACAPMA reminds members to review wage rates and superannuation now to ensure a smooth transition through the new financial year.

Workplace Delegate Rights

Following a long consultation process the Fair Work Commission has altered all Awards to contain a Workplace Delegates Rights clause.

Workplace Delegates have to be provided with access to staff and communication channels, lockable storage areas, private meeting facilities and 5 days paid training leave per year.

There are provisions for addressing workplaces where these access are unavailable and limits to the number of declared workplace delegates based on the number of workers.

For more see; https://acapmag.com.au/2024/07/award-changes-as-delegates-rights-terms-are-added/

Paid Parental Leave

From 1 July 2024 changes to paid parental leave mean that eligible parents will get access to an extra two weeks of government paid parental leave, bringing the total up to 22.
Paid Parental Leave will continue to increase by 2 weeks every year until it reaches 26 weeks in 2026.

Manslaughter

From 1 July 2024 the offence of industrial manslaughter is live in South Australia, which implements an $18m penalty and the Commonwealth (Federal) jurisdiction which implements a maximum penalty of 25 years’ jail for individuals (like officers) and $18 million for bodies corporate that negligently or recklessly cause a workplace death.

Vape Ban

From 1 July 2024 it is illegal for retail outlets to have, offer for sale or sell disposable vapes (e-cigarettes) with stiff penalties for breaches.

For more see; https://acapmag.com.au/2024/06/vape-banned-from-1-july/

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