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Changes to the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010.

Published January 08, 2018 (last updated June 19, 2020) Author: Employsure
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The Fair Work Commission has issued an update to the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010, which will take effect from the start of the first full pay period starting on or after 1 January 2018.

What is the update?

The amendment clarifies that an agreed part-time work arrangement does not have to provide for the same guaranteed number of hours in each week. This would enable the employer and employee to agree (in writing) to an arrangement whereby the employee works 20 hours and 30 hours in alternating weeks or that provides for a specified higher number of hours to be worked at particular times of the year. This amendment acknowledges the potentially altered service provision requirements resulting from the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

What do employers do now?

The update takes effect from the start of the first full pay period starting on or after 1 January 2018.

Employers should be aware of this clarification from the Fair Work Commission and ensure that they have appropriate documentation in place that accurately reflects their arrangements with part-time employees.

For advice on the amendment, contact Employsure on 1300 207 182.

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