Employment Law Updates Effective 1st April 2019

As of 1st April 2019, the minimum wage increased to $17.70 per hour and $14.16 per hour for trainees. The Government has also set indicative rates of $18.90 from 1 April 2020 and to $20 from 1 April 2021.

New legal protections have also been put in place for employees affected by domestic violence, which will enable them to apply for paid domestic violence leave and ask for short term flexible working arrangements.

What this means to employers is that any employee who has worked for more than 6 months should have a provision for domestic violence leave in addition to annual, sick and bereavement leave. It is recommended that you introduce a Domestic or Family Violence Policy for the workplace detailing their entitlements and conditions applicable.

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