Are you uncertain whether you're meeting all your obligations as a small business employer? The easiest way to find out is to check for yourself.
Self-auditing your business has many benefits, and reduces the likelihood of any costly mistakes or disputes in the future.
Our interactive small business checklist will give you an indication of how you’re tracking, and help you identify areas for improvement.
1. Awards, agreements and the National Employment Standards
- Do you know if an enterprise agreement or other registered agreement applies to your business?
- Do you know the award(s) that apply to your business?
- Do you know about the National Employment Standards (NES)?
- Do you understand the difference between full-time, part-time and casual employment?
- Do you give all new employees the Fair Work Information Statement when they start with you?
- Do you give new casual employees the Casual Employment Information Statement (CEIS) when they start with you?
- Do you know how modern awards and National Employment Standards interact with your existing workplace agreements?
2. Pay and conditions
- Do you know the minimum rate of pay under the relevant award or enterprise agreement for each employee?
- Do casual employees receive the correct loading for ordinary time/overtime and weekend work in accordance with the relevant award or agreement?
- If work is performed on weekends, nights or public holidays do you pay correct penalty rates?
- Are district/uniform/late work or other allowances being paid as per the relevant award/agreement?
- Do employees get the correct meal breaks?
- Do you know the process for considering a casual employee’s request for permanent (full-time or part-time) work?
3. Record-keeping and pay slips
- Legal and/or trading name of your business?
- The employee's name?
- Date the employee commenced work with you?
- Whether your employees are full-time, part-time or casual?
- The number of hours worked by each employee?
- The number of overtime hours worked by each employee?
- Rate of pay?
- Any written agreements of hours worked, individual flexibility arrangements or guarantees of annual earnings?
- Records relating to any annualised wage arrangement under an award (including, for example, method of calculation, outer limits on penalty and overtime hours, start times, finish times, and any unpaid breaks).
- Gross and net amount of pay?
- Details for any lawful deductions?
- Monetary allowances?
- Leave accrued/taken?
- Superannuation details?
- Termination details?
- Do employees get a pay slip within 1 working day after they are paid?
Do you include the following details on your employee's pay slip:
- Employer ABN
- Legal and/or trading name of employer?
- Employee's name?
- Date of payment (e.g. 28/02/2018)?
- Period of payment (e.g. 19/02/2018-26/02/2018)?
- Gross and net amount of pay?
- For employees paid an hourly rate - the ordinary hourly rate of pay, number of hours worked at that rate and the amount of payment at that rate?
- For employees paid an annual rate (salary), that rate as at the last day in the payment period?
- Details of any deductions made from the employee's pay?
- Amount and the name of the superannuation fund (for employers required to make superannuation contributions for the benefit of employees)?
Do you include these details on the employee's records? Note: you can keep manual and/or electronic records.
4. Ending employment
- Are you aware of your obligations under the Small Business Dismissal Code?
- Do you know how much notice of termination is required to end employment?
- Do you know about entitlements to redundancy pay?
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Awards, agreements and the National Employment Standards
The terms and conditions in the NES are the safety net for a majority of workers in Australia. It’s important that you understand where your employees’ minimum entitlements come from (minimum wage, award or enterprise agreement) and what you need to do to meet your obligations.
To find out more you can use:
- Our Find My Award tool will help you find which award (or awards) apply to your business.
- Our Introduction to the National Employment Standards fact sheet will teach you about the minimum standards of employment in Australia, and how they apply to your business.
- Our Casual, part-time and full-time employees page sets out the different types of employment.
- Our List of awards page lets you browse the list of industry and occupation awards and quickly access the one that applies to you.
- Our Awards and agreements page explains how our modern awards and agreements work together to set minimum conditions for Australia workers.
- Our Fair Work Information Statement page lets you download the Statement and explains how you must provide it to your employees on their first day.
- Our Casual Employment Information Statement page lets you download the Statement and explains how you must provide it to your casual employees on their first day.
Pay and conditions
Remember, it's important employees get the right pay rate for the type of work they do. The following resources will help you learn more about minimum pay and conditions:
- Use our Pay calculator to work out pay rates, penalties and allowances.
- Our Find my award tool will help you find which award (or awards) apply to your business.
- Our Pay page provides information about minimum wages, penalty rates and allowances, making deductions, how to record these payments and more.
- Our Becoming a permanent employee page sets out the process for a casual employee to request conversion to full-time or part-time employment.
Record-keeping and pay slips
Remember, it’s important that employers get record-keeping and pay slips right. The following resource/s will help you learn more about record-keeping and pay slips:
- The Record-keeping and pay slips course in our Online Learning Centre will teach you more about your obligation to keep accurate records, and how you can easily keep your business records up to date.
- You can download our Templates to help you on a wide range of topics including payslips and record-keeping, employing staff, hours of work, balancing work and family, managing performance and ending employment.
- Our Record-keeping and pay slips fact sheet explains what records and information you need to keep (and the consequences for not doing so).
- Our Pay slips and record-keeping page gives you easy access to all our resources on pay slips and record-keeping, so you can find everything you need in one place.
It’s important to know the rules around termination and redundancy. The following resource/s below will help you learn more about ending employment:
- Our Notice and Redundancy calculator calculates entitlements when employment ends, including notice to be given and redundancy pay.
- The Small Business Fair Dismissal Code provides protection for small businesses (with less than 15 employees) against unfair dismissal claims, as long as an employer follows the code.
- Our page on Ending Employment provides information on notice and final pay, redundancy, bankruptcy and liquidation as well as unfair dismissal.