Casual workers paid leave case


Have casual workers been granted annual leave?

News headlines recently stated that casual workers have won the right to paid leave following a decision in the Federal Court. As usual, the devil is in the detail.

casual employeesAt present, there is no global change granting Australian casual workers paid leave. The case however, highlights the long running problem of determining over time, who is a permanent staff member and entitled to paid leave and other benefits, and who is a casual worker entitled to a casual loading.

In the WorkPac v Rossato case, WorkPac, a specialist mining and engineering labour hire company, employed Mr Rossato as a casual worker across six consecutive employment contracts for a continuous period of approximately three and a half years. Over that time, Mr Rossato was paid a casual loading of 25% of the minimum rate of pay payable under the Enterprise Agreement, which was in part, paid in lieu of leave. 

Mr Rossato worked every shift he was rostered for except where he was given approval to take rest and recreation, and when his partner was airlifted to hospital.  Read more…

ATO JobKeeper audit targets


The ATO's JobKeeper targets

Industries or businesses that have not experienced adverse trading conditions and those that appear to have increased staff numbers are likely to be looked at closely.

jobkeeperThe ATO is looking carefully at businesses that appear to have made adjustments to their circumstances to meet the JobKeeper eligibility requirements where, if those adjustments had not been made, the entity would have been ineligible or had lower JobKeeper payments. Or, where adjustments have been made to enable another entity or subcontractor to meet the decline in turnover test.

In its guidance, the ATO sets out a series of examples that are likely to attract their attention:

  • Increase in staff – where the number of staff the business reports have increased beyond levels that were previously required to run the business prior to 1 March 2020.
  • Deferring supplies – in industries unlikely to be adversely impacted by the pandemic, the business agrees with its customers to defer making supplies, resulting in the company's projected GST turnover declining to the level required to meet the turnover test.
  • Bringing forward supplies  in industries unlikely to be adversely impacted by the pandemic, the business brought forward supplies to be able to meet the decline in turnover test in a following month or quarter.  Read more…

Collins Hume Northern Rivers Xero Platinum Partners


Ballina and Byron shine platinum with new Xero platinum partners, Collins Hume!

The team at Collins Hume Accountants and Business Advisers are delighted to announce that we have reached Xero Platinum Partner status.

Xero Platinum PartnerWhat does going platinum mean?
For our clients, this means that we will simply continue to provide the same exceptional service and support you're used to.

Being a Xero Platinum Partner is also recognition that we have sophisticated systems and processes that allow us to support our clients by providing high-quality services throughout the region.

Minimum wage increases by 1.75%

Minimum rates rise in 3 stages starting 1 July

An increase to the minimum wage of 1.75% will start rolling out for the first full pay period from 1 July 2020.

minimum wage riseThe increase applies to minimum rates in awards in 3 stages:

1. Group 1 Awards - from 1 July 2020

  • Frontline Health Care & Social Assistance Workers
  • Teachers and Child Care
  • Other Essential Services

2. Group 2 Awards - from 1 November 2020

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • A range of other industries

Read more…

Light bulb idea keeps light fingers at bay


Nick creates new app to prevent valuables getting nicked
Fed up with the impact light fingers are having on businesses and individuals, Northern Rivers entrepreneur Nick Kurucsev decided to do something about it.

Checkmate Security RegistryHaving been a client of Collins Hume for over 15 years, he turned to Partner Peter Fowler for business set up and strategic advice.

Nick then established a breakthrough business, Checkmate Security Registry, in 2020. The asset register app allows users to record products, so unwitting buyers can easily check if the second hand items they are purchasing are being sourced from a true owner.

"No matter who you are or where you live, theft is an issue in the world today," says Nick.  Read more…

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