New Year, New Workplace Laws

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There have been some recent changes to the Fair Work Act you should know about.

Read on to learn about changes to employee authorised deductions, superannuation in the National Employment Standards and the new Closing Loopholes laws. 

Employee authorised deductions 

From 30 December 2023, new rules apply for employee authorised deductions from pay that are: 

  • either one-off or recurring 
  • for specific amounts or for amounts that change from time to time. 

Permission needs to be in writing and there are rules about when these deductions are allowed and how they need to be recorded.

Awards and registered agreements can also allow for deductions from pay to be made in some circumstances.

For more information, visit Deducting pay.

Superannuation in the National Employment Standards 

Employers have an obligation to pay superannuation (super) contributions for eligible employees under superannuation guarantee laws.

From 1 January 2024, super is an entitlement under the National Employment Standards as well. For more information, visit Tax and superannuation.

The Fair Work Information Statement has been updated to reflect these changes. Download a copy from Fair Work Information Statement.

Closing Loopholes: Other important changes 

There have also been changes to the Fair Work Act as part of the Australian Government’s new ‘Closing Loopholes’ laws.

Most of the changes started on 15 December 2023, while others start this year and in 2025.

Changes that have started include new:  

  • rules for labour hire workers 
  • discrimination protections for employees experiencing family and domestic violence 
  • small business redundancy rules 
  • workplace delegate rights 
  • right of entry rules. 

Also under the new laws, the intentional underpayment of wages will be criminalised. These changes won’t start before 1 January 2025.

Fair Work are currently updating their website information, tools and resources. In the meantime, for a detailed summary visit Closing Loopholes: Fair Work Act changes.