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Salary

Salary

Definition

An agreement to be paid a specified amount of pay for work over a 12 month period. They are often included in employment contracts. Other known term: annualised salary.
Serious misconduct

Serious misconduct

Definition

Serious misconduct involves an employee deliberately behaving in a way that is inconsistent with continuing their employment. Examples include: causing serious and imminent risk to the health and safety of another person or to the reputation or profits of their employer’s business, theft, fraud, assault, or refusing to carry out a lawful and reasonable instruction that is part of the job. Other known term: misconduct.
Sham contract

Sham contract

Definition

An attempt by an employer to misrepresent or disguise an employment relationship as an independent contracting arrangement.
Shiftworker

Shiftworker

Definition

An employee who works fixed hours of work (eg. shifts or rosters) that are outside or partly outside of normal working hours (eg. 9am – 5pm). Awards and registered agreements often provide a specific definition of shiftworker.
Sole trader

Sole trader

Definition

An individual who runs his or her own business as an individual, rather than through a partnership or company.
Special maternity leave

Special maternity leave

Definition

Leave that can be taken if the employee has a pregnancy related illness or the pregnancy ends after 12 weeks because of a miscarriage, termination or stillbirth.
Stand down

Stand down

Definition

When an employee is told not to go to work by an employer because they cannot be usefully employed due to specified circumstances, including a strike or machinery breakdown. Employees are not paid during a period of stand down.
Standard rate

Standard rate

Definition

A pay rate defined in each award, used to calculate some entitlements like overtime and allowances. It is usually the rate for a specified classification (eg. Level 3).
Statutory declaration

Statutory declaration

Definition

A written statement declared to be true in front of an authorised witness.
Superannuation

Superannuation

Definition

Money paid by an employer on behalf of an employee into a superannuation fund to provide for the employee’s retirement. Other known term: employer contribution.
Supported Wage System

Supported Wage System

Definition

An assessed wage system for employees with a disability is based on productivity.