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A change of PM calls for a change of heart for penalty rates

Minimum Wage, Modern AwardsSeptember 29, 2015

(Last Updated On: August 9, 2016)

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has lodged its submission to the commission and stated their dissatisfaction with the abolishment of Sunday rates. The ACTU is seeking Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and asking him to put a stop to what they say is an “attack” on vulnerable workers who rely on penalty rates. They say that the slashing of Sunday rates could result in a “two-tiered workplace system” and that working on a Sunday will no longer be acknowledged as a “personal sacrifice”.

If the penalty rates abolishment is passed it will change the meaning of weekends for many workers in Australia. Sunday will no longer be a day of rest but rather a normal working day. With employers no longer having to fork out high wages on Sundays, they can open shop for longer or even trade on this day. At the moment Sunday rates cripple businesses and owners find it hard to make profits because of penalty rates.

Popular trends in Australia at the moment mean that so many of us utilise the weekend to shop, dine out and enjoy the many hospitalities available to us. The retail and hospitality industries are the ones which must meet the readily available and often unsociable hours which Australians are demanding. There is no longer a 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday expectation, it is now longer hours on the weekends which people desire.

At Employsure, questions about penalty rates and the Fair Work Act obligations is high on the priority list for many of our clients. Penalty rates cause confusion for business owners and with the ever changing minimum wage, employers need to frequently check that they are paying the correct wages and modern award.

If you would like to review and ensure that you are paying your staff correctly this coming long weekend, call Employsure. We can offer you the correct wages rates for public holidays and penalty rates.

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