Q: I am trying to find out on what hours my employer has to pay super. I get paid per hour plus over time, but it is a set roster of 12 hours per shift. Doing less is not optional so to me they are ordinary hours, not overtime, or is this a loophole for employers? Can you direct me to find out about this?
Generally speaking, if an employee’s shift work is considered a worker’s ordinary hours of work then an employer must pay Superannuation Guarantee (SG) on those hours, subject to meeting other SG eligibility requirements. SG is compulsory superannuation contributions paid by employers, on behalf of employees.
The minimum requirement for SG eligibility is earning $450 a month, which is assessed month-by-month. If a person is under 18 years of age, or doing certain type of domestic work, then the person must also work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
The following SuperGuide articles should assist you with your query:
- Superannuation and employees: 10 facts about your super entitlements
- Does shift work count for SG entitlements and insurance cover?
- Super for beginners, part 2: Casual work or starting first job
- Super for beginners, part 23: My pay changes every week. Am I paid the right super?
- Superannuation Guarantee: Step-by-step guide for employers