High Income Threshold Rises to $133,000
The Fair Work Commission has increased the High Income Threshold to $133,000 effective 1 July 2014.
The high income threshold affects how modern awards apply to employees and affects their ability to access unfair dismissal.
The high income threshold affects 3 main entitlements:
What’s counted under the high income threshold?
An employee is affected by this if their ‘earnings’ are more than the high income threshold. To calculate ‘earnings’, include:
An employee’s earnings do not include:
Lessons for employers
The increase will enable more employees to access the unfair dismissal provisions. Employers should remain mindful that employees who cannot access the unfair dismissal provisions of the Fair Work Act may still have other legal options to challenge a dismissal. These other avenues include the general protections provisions of the Fair Work Act, anti-discrimination laws, and the common law for breach of contract claims.
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