General Retail Award - Changes to Penalty Rates From 1 March 2020

Employers in the retail industry need to start preparing for the next phase of increases to the Saturday & evening penalty rates for casual employees. Penalty rates for casual employees working on Saturdays and after 6 pm on weekdays will increase. These increases, and at times decreases, have been gradually phased in over the last few years to soften the blow.

What are the changes?

The upcoming amendments to the General Retail Award 2010 are:

Evening work Monday to Friday - casual employee

From 1 March 2020 - A penalty payment of an additional 40% loading will apply for ordinary hours worked by a casual employee after 6.00 pm (inclusive of the casual loading) (up from 35%).

From 1 October 2020 to 28 February 2021 - A penalty payment of an additional 45% loading will apply for ordinary hours worked by a casual employee after 6.00 pm (inclusive of the casual loading) (up from 40%).

Saturday work - casual employee

From 1 March 2020 - A penalty payment of an additional 50% loading will apply for ordinary hours worked by a casual employee on a Saturday (inclusive of the casual loading) (up from 45%).

Sunday work - part-time and full-time employees

From 1 July 2020 - A penalty payment of an additional 50% loading will apply for all hours worked by a full-time or part-time employee on a Sunday (decreased from 65%).

As always, we recommend that businesses regularly review any applicable Award to stay across any changes.

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