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This Fact Sheet discusses rates of pay, entitlements, superannuation, payslips and underpayments.
All employees are entitled to a minimum rate of pay. You may be paid a higher rate of pay under your employment contract but it is unlawful to be paid at a rate below the applicable minimum rate for your work.
Most employees have their minimum wages and casual loadings set and adjusted by the Fair Work Commission (FWC). FWC has the power to set and adjust:
Your minimum wage could also be set by an Enterprise Agreement, which is a collective agreement made between an employer and a number of its employees.
Generally, an employer cannot deduct amounts from your wages without your prior written consent. Your employer may make a deduction from your wages if:
When you are paid less than the minimum wage rates or don’t receive other employment entitlements, this is called an underpayment. Other employment entitlements that can be claimed through the Fair Work system include:
If you are being underpaid, or not paid at all, for any of these entitlements, you can take steps to recover the money that is owed to you. These steps are summarised in the attached infosheet. You have 6 years from when the payment became due to file a claim in court for the amount owed to you.
For more information about rates of pay, entitlements, superannuation, payslips and underpayments, download the full Fact Sheet.
Call our Telephone Information Service on Melbourne Metro (03) 9662 1933 or Regional Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania on 1800 331 617.
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