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Here is what we currently know and for all these steps we will be providing you with authorities to enrol you in the system and templates to meet all your eligibility and record keeping requirements and help you determine your business eligibility.
Decline in Turnover
Each individual entity has to test if their individual entity turnover did decline. If so, they then apply either the 30% or 50% test (that was determined by the Group Aggregated Turnover).
Aggregated turnover of all entities that are connected or affiliated with you is used for the purpose of determining if the decline in turnover % of 30% if turnover of the group is below $1b or 50% if over.
NFPs registered with ACNC are only 15%.
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You cannot claim for employees who:
After you have worked out you and your employees are eligible
If you meet the eligibility criteria and want to start claiming the JobKeeper payment on behalf of your employees, you need to start paying them at least $1,500 per fortnight (before tax) and continue to pay them for as long as you keep claiming.
When do I have to pay?
For the first two fortnights (30 March – 12 April, 13 April – 26 April), the ATO will accept the minimum $1,500 payment for each fortnight has been paid by you even if it has been paid late, provided it is paid by you by 8 May. This means that you can make two fortnightly payments of at least $1,500 per fortnight before the end of April, or a combined payment of at least $3,000 before the end of April.
You cannot claim the JobKeeper payment on behalf of employees who were not paid at least $1,500 before tax during each JobKeeper payment period.
You cannot claim the JobKeeper payment in advance. The JobKeeper payment is a reimbursement from the ATO to an employer in arrears and cannot be paid in advance in any circumstances.
Employees who were stood down or on long term leave
Employees who have been stood down from work under the Fair Work Act without pay may still be eligible employees as long as they were in your employment and met the eligibility criteria on 1 March 2020.
You will need to have paid them at least the minimum amount of $1,500 for each fortnight you claim in order to receive the JobKeeper payment.
Employees who have been terminated
If you terminated an employee after 1 March 2020, you can re-engage them, and they will be eligible if they met the eligibility criteria on 1 March 2020.
If you want to claim the JobKeeper payment for employees you have re-engaged, you will need to:
You as an Employee or Business Participant for JobKeeper
If you are an employee of your business, then you will follow all the guidance as an employee and complete all paperwork necessary for eligibility and continue to pay yourself at least the $1500 (before tax) per fortnight.
If you are a self-employed, sole trader, partner in a partnership or trustee in a trust then it is not necessary that you pay yourself $1500 per fortnight.
We are able to assist you with all steps and processes involved in the JobKeeper scheme which includes the setup in your payroll system and the respective reporting to the ATO. We will also be in communication with you and your accountants to ensure a consistent and appropriate interactions and provision of service.
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On 30 May 2019 the Fair Work Commission announced that as of the first full pay period in July, the minimum wages in modern awards would increase by 3% (and so would the Federal minimum wage for award-free employees).
But does this mean that employers have to increase the wages of all employees by 3%? The simple answer is no. The minimum rates set out in modern awards are exactly that: minimum rates of pay. If you are already paying above the award then there is generally no obligation to increase wages just because the minimum wage has increased (unless the new minimum wage will now be greater than the rate you are paying).
Employers who pay “above the award” rates of pay in order to meet all the entitlements that arise under an award should ensure that the rate of pay is still sufficient to cover all entitlements that might arise under the award (e.g. overtime, allowances, etc.) now that the minimum rates have increased. Employers should also make sure that employment contracts clearly state that the employee's wage or salary covers all entitlements that arise under the award – to avoid an employee being entitled to an above the award rate of pay plus payment for overtime, allowances, etc.
Employers covered by an enterprise agreement should remember that the Fair Work Act 2009 states that if the base rate of pay in an enterprise agreement is overtaken by the base rate of pay in a modern award that would otherwise apply to the employee, then the employer must pay the award base rate of pay, rather than the rate stated in the enterprise agreement. NB this obligation to match the award rate only arises in relation to base rates of pay. There is no obligation for the overtime or penalty rates in an enterprise agreement to “keep up” with the award rate of pay (unless the enterprise agreement has specifically provided for this).
National Minimum Wage IncreaseThe Fair Work Commission has handed down its decision to increase the national minimum adult wage by 3%. This increase will be applicable from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2019.
The new adult National Minimum Wage will be $740.80 per week or $19.49 per hour. This constitutes an increase of $21.60 per week to the weekly rate.
No changes take effect until the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2019. However, all employers should refer to the appropriate awards covering their employees.
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