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Penalty Rate Changes

The Fair Work Commission's decision to reduce Sunday and public holiday penalty rates in hospitality and retail is controversial. Some argue it will allow businesses to hire more staff and make more money, while others worry about negative impacts on employees, especially low-paid workers. The changes will be phased in, starting July 1st, 2017. Whether your business is affected depends on the awards it operates under. Businesses covered by the impacted awards can expect reduced Sunday and public holiday penalty rates, while some large retailers and those with enterprise agreements may not see changes. It's important to stay informed about the specifics of the phased-in changes to ensure compliance.

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