Employing People

What to know as an employer

There are employment laws guiding how a business employs staff. These laws can be federal laws as well as state laws. The employment conditions in Australia are flexible with the available workforce highly skilled. If you are thinking of employing someone for your business, you need to identify all the relevant laws and make sure you are complying. These laws are obligations on everything related to employment and in some cases, visa status.

Employment condition in Australia

The employment system in Australia is designed to protect both employees and employers by giving them the certainty they need to operate. It is governed by federal, territory, and state government laws. The major elements include the regulations on health and safety, national employment standards, the pension payment, etc., the Fair Work Australia and Fair Work Ombudsman regulates the workplace.

Forms of employment

There are different forms of employment, each with its stability and flexibility for the business and employee. The form of employment determines the agreement and the entitlements that the worker will get. There are usually two types, the contractor or the employee. You should be familiar with both and determine which one is best for you.

Employment standards

National employment standards determine the entitlement of all employees. Such entitlement includes the working hours per week, leave and similar entitlements, flexible working arrangement, redundancy and termination payments, etc.
Employment agreements
This covers the detail on the different types of employment agreements, such as workplace agreements, independent contractor’s agreements, awards, etc.
Occupational health and safety
Employers and businesses must operate a safe workplace that meets the standards of occupational health and safety. The purpose of this is to make sure the interests of the employee are protected. Apart from the federal government rules, there are also territory and state rules on the safety and health of workers at their place of work. There are bodies in each territory and state that formulate policy on this and ensure that businesses are informed.
Compensation System
Apart from having a safe workplace, businesses are also required to have compensation insurance in place for workers in case anything happens at the workplace. The federal government is the one administering this, but the states and territories also have their laws on workers’ compensation, and there are agencies in each state that advise businesses on such obligations.
Retirement Pension (Superannuation)
This is money set aside when an employee is still working to provide for their retirement. The law requires most employees to set up superannuation and make payments on behalf of the workers. The Superannuation Guarantee law makes it compulsory for all eligible employees to receive superannuation payment every quarter. There is a minimum, and the employer is meant to pay it into the superannuation account nominated by the individual.

Personal income tax

Employers are obligated to pay their employee’s personal income tax.
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