New online tool for small business


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The Federal Government has released an online checklist for small businesses taking on a new employee to help ensure they meet their obligations.

The checklist – available through business.gov.au portal – can assist employers who either want to hire a new staff member or business owners that have employees and want to check they are meeting government requirements.

The checklist links to an online Pay and Conditions Tool on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website, as well as to the ATO’s ‘Employee/contractor decision tool’ which can help employers to determine if any new workers should be an employee or contractor, plus the implications for both tax and super.

“The release of the online checklist and other products mean small businesses will spend less time working out how government regulations apply to them and more time running their businesses,” says Small Business and Assistant Treasurer, Kelly O'Dwyer.

The Minister says the ATO has worked closely with small business owners and other state and federal government agencies to learn more about what would provide a better experience.

According to O’Dwyer, the products were developed based on recommendations from a joint agency ‘fix-it squad’ looking to give small businesses more certainty about how to meet their obligations.

“I encourage all small businesses owners to check out the new products and trust they will enjoy the streamlined experience when they take on a new employee," O’Dwyer concludes.


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