Your casual employees may be entitled to super


Your casual employees may be entitled to super

The ATO recently reminded small businesses about paying super guarantee (SG) to their casual employees, regardless of whether they are full-time, part-time or casual.

If you’re not sure whether your workers are employees or contractors, use the ATO’s Employee/Contractor decision tool. You can use this to work out if your worker is an employee or contractor for tax and super purposes.

If you’re an employee, use the ATO’s Am I entitled to super tool to help determine if you’re eligible for super. Use this tool to find out whether you are entitled to super guarantee contributions from your employer.

Super guarantee is currently calculated at 9.5% of a casual employee’s ordinary time earnings. This includes their wage plus any casual or shift loadings for ordinary hours of work. It also includes commissions and some allowances, but it doesn’t include overtime payments.

Important note:
If you use the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (SBSCH) to make payments for your employees, the way you access this service is changing. From February 2018, the SBSCH will join ATO’s online services. Watch their webinar recording, to help your business with the change.

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