Legislative Changes and Compliance for Employers paying wages

Currently, employers who are covered by the Fair Work legislation (but not other employers) and who are required to make SG or award contributions for an employee, must include on the employee’s pay slip information about the amount of the contribution actually made or about the superannuation entitlement that accrued for the employee during the period. In some cases, employees may not be able to tell from their pay slips whether contributions have actually been made or when they will be made.

From 1 July 2013, employers are required to give information about the superannuation contributions they have made or will make for the benefit of their employees. These obligations will be imposed on employers if they are otherwise required to issue pay slips and if they ‘can’ make a contribution to a superannuation fund on behalf of an employee. This covers not only employers who are obliged to make contributions (e.g. under SG or an industrial agreement) but also those who choose to make contributions (eg employers who process salary sacrifice or voluntary employee contributions). This applies to all employers rather than only those covered by the Fair Work legislation.

Employers must ensure the pay slip includes, or is accompanied by, any information prescribed by the regulations. Regulations have been enacted for these pay slip requirements, and, according to the Minister for Superannuation Bill Shorten, apply from 1 July 2013.

Fair Work Inspectors will have the power to enforce these pay slip rules.

If you would like to know how we can help you comply with these changes please call Agrimaster on 1800 110 000

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