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Upcoming Penalty Rate Changes In The General Retail Industry Award 2010

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By Renee Karakinos, Law Graduate, MST Lawyers

On 1 October 2018, the Fair Work Commission, as part of its 4-year modern award review, made a decision[1] which will amend evening, Saturday and Sunday penalty rates under the General Retail Industry Award 2010.  The original decision can be accessed here.

From 1 November 2018, the General Retail Industry Award 2010 will be amended to:

  1. increase casual employee penalty rates for weekday evening (after 6 pm) and Saturday work; and
  2. reduce all penalty rates for Sunday shiftwork.

Shiftwork for employees (other than baking production employees) refers to a shift that starts at or after 6.00 pm on one day and before 5.00 am on the following day.

Shiftwork for baking production employees refers to either (1) a shift that begins at or after 2:00 am and before 6:00 am or (2) a shift that begins before 2:00 am.

In summary, the following changes in the General Retail Industry Award 2010 will take effect:

 

Weekday Evening (after 6 pm) Penalty Rates for Casual Employees (inclusive of casual loading)

Current

125 per cent

From 1 November 2018

130 per cent

From 1 October 2019

135 per cent

From 1 March 2020

140 per cent

From 1 October 2020

145 per cent

From 1 March 2021

150 per cent

 

Saturday Penalty Rates for Casual Employees (inclusive of casual loading)

Current

135 per cent

From 1 November 2018

140 per cent

From 1 October 2019

145 per cent

From 1 March 2020

150 per cent

 

Sunday Penalty Rates for Casual Shiftworkers (inclusive of casual loading)

Current

225 per cent

From 1 November 2018

220 per cent

From 1 July 2019

215 per cent

From 1 July 2020

200 per cent

 

Sunday Penalty Rates for Full-time and Part-time Shiftworkers

Current

200 per cent

From 1 November 2018

195 per cent

From 1 July 2019

190 per cent

From 1 July 2020

175 per cent

 

For more information, please contact the MST Lawyers’ Employment Law team by email or call +61 3 8540 0229.

[1] [2018] FWCFB 5897