Minimum wages to increase

26 June, 2019 by Deborah Jackson

A three per cent increase to the Australian national minimum wage will come into effect next Monday 1 July, following the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) Annual Wage Review 2018-19.

As a result of the FWC’s decision, full-time employees earning minimum wage will receive either $19.49 per hour or $740.80 per week.

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Retail Drinks Australia CEO Julie Ryan reminded all liquor retailers to ensure that their payment systems had been updated to reflect the increase in the minimum wage for all pay periods commencing on or after Monday 1 July.

“It is important for all liquor retailers to note that while the FWC’s changes to the minimum wage officially come into effect next Monday, the increased rate applies to the first pay period commencing on or after this date.

“Members should also consult our updated wage rate summary tables for the relevant hourly rates to be paid to full-time and part-time employees under the General Retail Industry Award 2010 from 1 July.”

Ryan also urged all Members to contact Retail Drinks’ dedicated, in-house HR hotline connecting members with legal advice as well as practical HR support, should they have any further enquiries regarding the payment of employee wages or any other HR-related matters.

“For any Members needing clarification on the payment of wages or any other HR-related matters such as staff entitlements, recruitment, employment contracts, and occupational health and safety, be sure to contact our brand-new HR hotline today on 1300 451 213.

“Our dedicated, in-house HR hotline is part of Retail Drinks’ ongoing commitment to providing an unmatched service offering to our Members, which also includes access to free over-the-phone legal support for brief advice on matters such as leasing, employment disputes, liquor licensing compliance (not disputes) and much more.

“Retail Drinks is proud to be the only industry association dedicated solely to liquor retailing, and which can guarantee all its liquor retail members both a face-to-face in-store visit and tailored advice from specialists in the retail liquor industry,” Ryan said.