What if an employee’s pay rate is lower than the Modern Award rate?

Where an employee’s existing pay rate is lower than the new relevant Modern Award pay rate, the higher Modern Award rate is the minimum that must be paid.

Some Modern Award rates may now exceed rates that were previously over award. To ensure that the correct minimum rate is being paid, a comparison must be made between the employee’s existing pay rate and the new Modern Award pay rate that is applicable to the employee’s classification.