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Policies, Procedures & SafeguardsJuly 20, 2015
Time off in lieu could start to replace overtime payments for employers. Instead of paying staff for hours worked in overtime there may soon be the flexibility for employers to offer staff time off instead. For each overtime hour worked, an employee can take the same amount of hours as time off in lieu (TOIL), which is also being referred to as ‘time for time’.
This change could impact 113 modern awards, offering the choice to many thousands of workers who do not currently have access to time off. The proposed TOIL option has impressed a large group of employees, many whom value time off more than additional remuneration.
A decision should be issued in September 2015. Until then, no changes will be made to the awards.
Those awards which already have TOIL provisions will not be amended.
The following limitations will be put into play:
If implemented, the TOIL change will affect a significant number of awards, including;
The proposed change will exclude the following awards:
If you are an employer and would like to look into offering TOIL to your employees once the change is implemented, you may need to update your current employment documentation, putting processes in place to ensure the conditions you offer are compliant with the Fair Work Act. Call Employsure on 1300 651 415 for advice and support in implement this change.
Sourced: The Australian Financial Review and HC online.