Anyone who reads the blog knows that I love online tools and calculators. I was very excited to hear of the launch of PayCheck Plus, an online tool provided by the Fair Work Ombudsman, designed for employers and employees to quickly calculate base pay rates, allowances, overtime and penalty rates under modern awards.
As an employer, you can also use ‘Check my payroll’ – a feature that allows you to match and calculate pay rates for multiple employees.
I’m not sure how great the tool actually is when it comes to identifying which modern award an employee falls under. I test drive it by selecting details related to an entry-level receptionist (where the only option was Animal Care and Vet Services award) and an assistant accountant (where it offerred up several unsuitable options including the Black Coal Mining Industry Award). Why no mention anywhere of the popular Clerks (Private Sector) Award? It did, however, successfully find the right award for several other occupations.
If you already know the right award and want to check on base rates or penalties, the ‘check my payroll’ option could provide a quick and simple solution. I quickly played around with this feature with mixed results – mostly positive.
All in all, it looks like it could be a handy little tool for employers to calculate various pay rates. A word of caution: double-check the award and rates before relying solely on the tool.
Give it a spin yourself at Fair Work’s PayCheck Plus page.