Did you know that from January 2018, if you have casual and part-time employees, they can actually be earning overtime rates once they work over 38 hours in the week? Or even if your employee only needs to work for one hour on a particular day, you may be liable to pay them for a minimum amount of hours?
Another change this year, if your casual employee has been employed by you for over 12 months continuously, then they are entitled to change their terms with you to become a permanent employee, therefore be earning pro rata holidays and sick leave.
Some awards have already covered these provisions, and you may have already got this covered. But if they hadn’t specified these details up until now, the Fair Work Commission have revised many awards so these rates and provisions may now effect you as of the first full pay in January 2018.
It really pays to stay on top of these changes and ensure that you are familiar with the awards covering your staff.
I’ve included an extract from the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (Newsletter Jan 2018) as to what awards have specified these changes.
|Name of Award||Overtime||Paid Minimum Hours||Condition Determining Overtime (OT)|
|Fast Food Industry||Yes||No||Employee works:
|General Retails Industry||Yes||No||Employee works:
|Hair and Beauty Industry||Yes||No||Employee works:
|Hospitality Industry (General)||Yes||No||Employee works:
|Passenger Vehicle Transportation||No||Yes||School bus drivers transporting students to and from school can be rostered for one or two shifts per day. Each shift is minimum 2 hrs|
|Pastoral||No||Yes||Minimum hours for dairy operators that are 18 years or younger, which are full-time secondary school students, is 2 hrs|
|Registered and Licenced Clubs||Yes||No||Employee works:
|Restaurant Industry||Yes||No||Employee works:
|Wine Industry||No||Yes||An employee working throughout pruning or harvesting work during unexpected wet weather has the minimum hours reduced from 4 to 2.|