Su­perStream dead­line

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATIONS - Brian Beecroft Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Tim­ber Trade In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion

MEDIUM TO large em­ploy­ers (those with 20 or more em­ploy­ees) must com­plete their Su­perStream im­ple­men­ta­tion by no later than 30 June 3015. This dead­line has now been ex­tended by the ATO to 31 Oc­to­ber 2015.

For small em­ploy­ers with 19 or less em­ploy­ees, Su­perStream im­ple­men­ta­tion started on 1 July this year and im­ple­men­ta­tion must be com­pleted by 30 June 2016.

Em­ploy­ers need­ing more as­sis­tance can con­tact First Su­per on 1300 360 988 or the Aus­tralian Tax­a­tion Of­fice on 13 10 20.

High In­come Thresh­old 2015 -16

The high in­come thresh­old for those claim­ing un­fair dis­missal has in­creased to $136,700 from 1 July 2015. When the Fair Work Act was in­tro­duced in 2009 the cap was $108,300. Em­ploy­ees who earn more than the thresh­old are not en­ti­tled to com­pen­sa­tion or re­in­state­ment un­der the Fair Work Act 2009 un­fair dis­missal pro­vi­sions un­less that em­ployee is cov­ered by a modern award or an en­ter­prise agree­ment.

The fol­low­ing pay­ments are in­cluded in the high in­come thresh­old: • Wages; • Salary sac­ri­fice amounts; • Agreed value of non-mone­tary ben­e­fits (e.g. mo­bile phone, com­put­ers, etc); Other pay­ments that can be de­ter­mined in ad­vance, e.g. reg­u­lar over­time.

Pay­ments that can­not be de­ter­mined in ad­vance, e.g. re­im­burse­ments and su­per­an­nu­a­tion con­tri­bu­tions made by the em­ployer on be­half of the em­ployee, are not in­cluded when cal­cu­lat­ing the high in­come thresh­old.

Se­nate Re­jects Govern­ment’s Fair Work Unions Bill

The fed­eral govern­ment’s bill to im­pose fi­nan­cial man­age­ment re­quire­ments on trade unions was nar­rowly de­feated in the Se­nate on 17 Au­gust. This was the sec­ond time the Fair Work (Regis­tered Organisations) Amend­ment Bill 2014 has been voted down, with cross bench sen­a­tors com­bin­ing with La­bor and the Greens to nar­rowly de­feat the govern­ment 34-33.

The bill would also have in­creased civil penal­ties and in­tro­duced crim­i­nal penal­ties on of­fi­cers who breach their du­ties. The bill’s de­feat hands the govern­ment a dou­ble-dis­so­lu­tion op­tion, al­though it is un­likely to be used at this time.

TTIA will keep Mem­bers in­formed of any fur­ther de­vel­op­ments.

Fair Work In­for­ma­tion State­ment (FWIS)

Em­ploy­ers are re­minded that when tak­ing on new em­ploy­ees, apart from is­su­ing them with the nor­mal let­ter of ap­point­ment, the Na­tional Em­ploy­ment Stan­dards state that all new em­ploy­ees should be pro­vided with a cur­rent copy of the FWIS.

An up-to-date copy is avail­able on the TTIA web­site, or Mem­bers are wel­come to re­quest a copy by email on ttia@ttia. asn.au

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