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Changes to the Poultry Processing Award – May 2020

Published May 13, 2020 (last updated July 22, 2020) -
Changes To The Poultry Processing Award

The Fair Work Commission has recently clarified the way some Award provisions apply, and made minor amendments to the Poultry Processing Award itself.

What Are the Changes?

  • The year in the Award name has changed from 2010 to 2020, it is now called the Poultry Processing Award 2020.
  • The Pay Rate Schedule has been updated to reflect the new 2020 version of the Award. Some rates of pay may have changed by one or two cents and now reflects the leading hand allowance as a weekly amount. The amount payable to your employees has not changed.
  • A new clause which allows for an agreement to be made with an individual employee to vary certain terms within the Award.
  • Reinforcement that employees who earn above the award minimum rate must be paid this higher rate when taking annual leave.

 What Do I Need to Do?

  • Check your rates of pay to ensure you are meeting your minimum pay obligations outlined in the attached Pay Rate Schedule.
  • Contact the Advice Team for rates of pay for your leading hand employees.
  • If you wish to vary any Award terms, please contact us for further advice.
  • If you pay above the award, you should continue to pay employees their ordinary rate (including all purpose allowances) when they take paid annual leave.

How Can Employsure Help Me?

Not a client? If you need help understanding and implementing these changes, please contact Employsure on 1300 651 415 and we can give you free, initial advice on this topic. If you’d like more help implementing these changes in your business and are interested in ongoing support, Employsure can help you.

Employsure clients affected by the changes to the Poultry Processing Award have been notified of these changes by email. Get in contact with Employsure if you have any trouble understanding or implementing these changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When Did These Changes Come Into Effect?

    These changes came into effect on Monday 4 May 2020.

  • Has the Pay Rate Schedule Changed?

    Yes, the Pay Rate Schedule for the Poultry Processing Award has changed.

  • Do You Need Help Understanding These Changes to the Poultry Processing Award?

    Not a client? If you do need help understanding and implementing these changes, feel free to ring Employsure on 1300 207 182. We can give you free, initial advice on these changes to the Poultry Processing Award.

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