Great question! And sometimes challenging to find correct information on this topic so let’s go back to basics for the big picture on award free employees.
To be covered by an award, an employee must:
While most employees are covered by a Modern Award or registered agreement, there are a number of jobs and industries that are not. Traditionally, the marketing and advertising industries are not covered by a Modern award.
When an employee is not covered by an award or agreement they are considered to be award and agreement free.
While employees working in particular roles or industries might be considered award free, they continue to have access to entitlements under the Fair Work Act, including the National Employment Standards. Award-free employees may also have entitlements under a Contract of Employment with their employer.
Minimum wages and conditions for employees who are award and agreement free include:
When determining whether a role might be award free it is important to consider the nature of the work. Should an employee working for a marketing and advertising business be primarily engaged in administration or clerical duties within the business, the Clerks Private Sector Award may apply.
It’s sometimes challenging to determine whether your team members are considered award free employees. The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Award & Agreement Free Wages & Conditions page is a great place to start for general information. Bare Bones Consulting can also provide advice on what classification your employees fall under as well as information on the right HR structure for your business. Why not give us a call to find out more?
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