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New Minimum Wage And Penalty Rate Cuts Take Effect This Weekend

New minimum wage and penalty rate cuts take effect this weekend

New minimum wage and penalty rate cuts take effect this weekend.

More than two million workers will receive a pay rise from Sunday, however, many who work weekends will also get a pay cut.

In comparison, federal politicians will receive a two percent increase in their annual wage.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gets an extra $10,000 a year, courtesy of the taxpayer.

New minimum wage 

From 1 July, the national minimum wage will increase to $719.20 a week, or $18.93 an hour.

If you are covered by a modern award, you will also see an increase in your base rate of pay.

The change follows the Fair Work Commission’s recent decision to give Australian workers a 3.5 percent pay rise.

The penalty rate cuts

However, another decision by the Commission will see another round of cuts to Sunday penalty rates also take effect from 1 July.

Full-time and part-time workers in hospitality and fast food will see a 10 percent cut in their Sunday rates.

Meanwhile, those in retail and pharmacy will cop a 15 percent reduction.

Check pay slips

Miles Heffernan, Director of Litigation at IR Claims, advises workers to check their payslips to make sure they’re receiving their correct wages.

“When changes to minimum pay or penalty rates first come into effect, it’s a good idea to check your pay slip,” he said.

“You want to make sure your employer has updated their systems and correctly calculated your wage.”

If you want to check exactly what you should be being paid, you can go to the Fair Work Ombudsman website and use the pay calculator.


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