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Changes to penalty rates in the Retail Industry

Submitted on Thursday, 11th October 2018

 

On 27 September 2018 the Fair Work Commission (FWC) published a decision affecting penalty rates within the General Retail Industry Award 2010.

The change to the penalty rates will be transitioned in over a period of time, the first phase will commence 1 November 2018. Details of the transitional arrangements are set below:

Full time and part time shiftworkers working ordinary hours on Sunday. The Sunday shiftwork penalty will transition until July 2020 as follows:

1 November 2018                   200% to 195%

1 July 2019                             195% to 190%

1 July 2020                             190% to 175%

Casual shiftworkers working ordinary hours on Sunday. The Sunday shiftwork penalty will transition until July 2020 as follows:

1 November 2018                   225% to 220% (inclusive of casual loading)

1 July 2019                             220% to 215% (inclusive of casual loading)

1 July 2020                             215% to 200% (inclusive of casual loading)

Casual employees working ordinary hours Monday to Friday after 6.00pm. The evening work penalty will transition until July 2020 as follows:

1 November 2018                   25% to 30% (inclusive of casual loading)

1 October 2019                      30% to 35% (inclusive of casual loading)

1 March 2020                         35% to 40% (inclusive of casual loading)

1 October 2020                      40% to 45% (inclusive of casual loading) 

1 March 2021                         45% to 50% (inclusive of casual loading)

The FWC has not yet released the final determination that will result in the above changes to the General Retail Industry Award.

The Victorian Chamber is currently in the process of updating our Wage Information document for the award and will advise award subscribers when the changes are available.

If you are a Complete or Connect member and would like to subscribe to our award subscriptions please contact the Workplace Relations Advice Line on 03 8662 5222.

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