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Minimum wage increase 2014

Yesterday we brought you news of a rise in the high income threshold. Today we’re going to discuss low income earners instead.

The Fair Work Commission has announced that it will increase minimum wages in awards and the national minimum wage by 3%. These changes take effect from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2014.

After the new rates commence, the new national minimum wage for a full-time adult will be $640.90 per week or $16.87 per hour. All workers are entitled to be paid at least the minimum wage, but it is particularly relevant to workers that are not covered by an award. Apprentices and junior workers can sometimes be entitled to amounts below the minimum wage, so you should always check the provisions of the applicable award.

If you want to keep up to date with the minimum wage and award rates, you can sign up to the Fair Work Ombudsman’s email updates here.

If you need further employment advice in relation to minimum or award wage rights, employment entitlements or obligations or employment law in general, please contact FWO’s employment lawyer Jay Clowes on (02) 6650 7016.

 

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