As reported by HR Legal, the Fair Work Commission’s Expert Panel ordered an increase to the national minimum wage and modern award minimum wages of 3.0% effective in the first pay period from 1 July 2019.
Accordingly, the new high-income threshold for 2019/20 increases to $148,700, with the compensation limit increasing to $74,350 for dismissals occurring on or after 1 July 2019.
Previously, this threshold was $145,400 and $72,700 respectively.
If an employee earns above this new threshold (inclusive of wages and certain other benefits but exclusive of superannuation) and is not covered by a modern award or enterprise agreement, they will be ineligible to file an unfair dismissal claim. However, that employee will still be eligible to file other claims – such as a General Protections claim.