Tanda's Wage Compare feature has been built to allow employers to compare two possible rates of pay. There are a number of use cases, however, the most common are listed below:
Employers who have an award or EA covered employee who is engaged in an individual flexibility arrangement (IFA) that allows them to pay an annualised salary or rolled up hourly rate in lieu of award rates like overtime and loadings etc. The IFA clause in the award or enterprise agreement expressly requires the employer to ensure that the employee is “better off overall” compared to the award.
Employers who have an award covered employee who is paid an annualised salary, similar to the point above, however, this is not documented in an IFA, rather under a contract of employment. Award changes that commenced in April 2020 require assessments to be undertaken.
Employers who have agreed under an enterprise agreement, or undertaken as part of an enterprise agreement approval process, to periodically check/ audit that employees are actually better off overall under the enterprise agreement than they are under the relevant award.
How do I configure Wage Compare in Tanda?
To enable Wage Compare in your account, navigate to Feature Management under Settings.
Once enabled, you will notice a new 'Wage Compare' tab under each employee profile.
To create a Wage Compare, click the plus (+) button.
A modal will appear on screen where you can configure the employee's comparison payroll configuration. This set up will be used later when you run the Wage Compare Report and will simply display the interpreted cost of employee's timesheet parallel to what they were paid via the configuration under the 'Payroll' tab on their profile.
Note: Setting up a Wage Compare will not impact the interpretation of timesheets that are sent to your payroll system.
For staff paid under an annualised salary, this set-up will typically be the Full-Time equivalent classification.
If you are looking to backtest previous timesheet periods, ensure you set the 'Effective Date' to a date prior to the period you are looking to test. Also, it will take 15 minutes for the classification details to save (this applies to changes as well), so you will need to wait this time before running the report.
To run the Wage Comparison report, head to Reports > Wage Compare.
When you run the report, only employees with a Wage Comparison configured will appear. For the period filtered, you will be able to compare the Timesheet Cost (what is being paid) vs the Comparison Cost (Wage Compare Set up).
In the example above, we paid the employee a salary of $1,153.85 for the period selected, and under the equivalent Full-Time set-up, they would have earned $1,076.05. This suggests they were paid $77.79 more for the period under their annualised salary.
What if the employee was paid less than their annualised salary?
If your award/EA suggests an employee's pay must be 'topped-up' in the event that their annualised salary works out to be less than what they would have been paid under a Full-Time contract, you can follow these steps.
Head to Compliance > Customise Your Setup > Allowances
Click '+ New Allowance' to create an allowance that we will use to top up the employee's pay
Next, create a Manual allowance that pay's a specific cost of $1 (Note: You can name this allowance whatever you like) Learn more about creating allowances here.
Once the allowance has been created, check the Wage Compare report to see which staff are currently being paid less than their compared cost (shown in red).
To add the allowance, head to the employee's timesheet. Unapprove the last shift in the timesheet, and click 'Add Allowance.' You can now enter the Cost Difference into the units field and then click save.