2015 Fair Work Commission Wage Increase The minimum wage body of the Fair Work Commission increased minimum wage rates by 2.5% and increased the national minimum wage by USD 16.00 per week. It will be commissioned on 1 July 2015. The decision raises the federal weekly minimum wage to $US 656.90 (17.29 $US per hour). This increase must be provided by employers applying the minimum rates of the 2010 Local Government Industry Award or other modern federal awards and by employers who have federal company agreements that involve increases in rates of pay. Employers who have federal company agreements that have set increases in rates of pay are not required to apply this increase. WALGA Employee Relations will soon release a revised compensation plan for the local Government Industry Award for subscribers. For more information, please email WALGA Employee Relations or call 9213 2092. WALGA applied on behalf of the local government sector in Western Australia and the Northern Territory to adopt provisions that would allow for the payment of annual leave to the LGIA. These submissions were filed in April 2014 in collaboration with other local government federations in the state and territory. The Fair Work Committee also made a preliminary decision to include a provision allowing employers to grant annual leave in advance and deduct sums for each leave that still results from notice payments to the LGIA. However, an employer may deduct from severance pay only if the workers and employers have agreed in advance to take leave. Management of a worker on excessive annual leave The Fair Work Commission`s Full Bench also made an interim decision to include a provision allowing employers to order a worker to make “excessive” annual provisions. Interested parties are required to submit written comments to the Fair Work Commission by Monday, 13 July at 4 p.m.
in order to review the text of the proposed provisions and to include the proposed provisions in all modern distinctions (including the LGIA). . . .