New wage sheets and updates to Fair Work Act 2009

As the industry prepares for a 2.5 per cent increase in the National Minimum Wage, new wage sheets have now been published.

The increase comes into play from Thursday under the Pastoral Award 2020, with wage sheets now available for cattle, grain, cotton and cropping, shearing, and wool.

The Fair Work Act 2009 has also recently been amended to include a definition of a “casual employee”. 

The basic definition is that at the point of engagement the employer makes no firm advance commitment to continuing and indefinite work according to an agreed pattern of work for the employee.

The Fair Work Commission is conducting a review of Awards in order to determine whether existing provisions need to be amended in order to comply with the Act and the National Employment Standards.

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