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Changes To The Storage Services And Wholesale Award – May 2020

Published May 11, 2020 (last updated February 9, 2023) - Head of Operations
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The Fair Work Commission has recently clarified the way some Award provisions apply, and made minor amendments to the Storage Services and Wholesale Award itself.

What are the changes?

  • The year in the Award name has changed from 2010 to 2020, it is now called the Storage Services and Wholesale 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.
  • The facilitative provision which summarises which clauses can be varied between employer and employee/s has been updated with some additions, but most notably, the travel allowance and electronic funds transfer are no longer allowed to be varied by mutual agreement under this Award.
  • The Award has reinforced that employees who earn above the Award minimum rate must be paid this higher rate when taking annual leave.
  • Casual employees should now be paid the higher rate of pay when they perform 2 or more classifications during a shift. However, they will only be paid the higher rate if they have the used the required skills referred to in classification.

 What do I need to do?

  • Check your rates of pay to ensure you are meeting your minimum pay obligations.
  • If you wish to vary any Award terms or currently have an agreement in place which varies the travel allowance or electronic funds transfer, Employsure recommends you get in touch with a workplace relations expert.
  • If you pay above the Award, you should continue to pay employees their ordinary rate when they take paid annual leave.
  • Ensure that you keep track of the types of duties you require your casuals to perform over and above their classification and pay them accordingly.

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 Storage Services and Wholesale Award have been notified of these changes by email. Get in contact with Employsure if you have any trouble understanding or implementing these changes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When did these changes come into effect?

    These changes came into effect on Monday 4 May.

  • Has the Pay Rate Schedule changed?

    Yes, the Pay Rate Schedule for the Storage Services and Wholesale Award has changed.

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