Confused by the recent penalty rates changes? Want to know if you need to change rates and allowances in your business or if you can simply carry on with business as usual? Five industry awards are affected; everyone else rest easy…for now.
On 23 February 2017, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down their decision to vary certain penalty rate provisions in some awards for hospitality, restaurant, retail and pharmacy employees. The decision affects penalty rate provisions for some permanent and casual employees working on Sundays, public holidays, evenings or after midnight in these industries.
Changes to Sunday penalty rates, announced in the FWC decision in February, will be phased in over three or four years, starting from 1 July 2017.
The following five awards are affected by the penalty rate changes:
Currently under review by the FWC is the Registered and Licenced Clubs Award 2010 (the Clubs Award) but at this stage, no changes to this Award have been announced.
Full information on 2017 penalty rates changes, commencement dates and tools to help navigate you through your employer obligations is available through the following link to the website of the Fair Work Ombudsman:
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