2018-01-01: Award Changes / Updates - Restaurant Award


Restaurant Award Changes

These changes are effective as of the first payrun after 01 January 2018

If you would like the easyemployer team to amend your account to be compliant with the new overtime calculations for casuals (as detailed below) the cost for this work will be $480 +GST per award.  Please contact us at support@easyemployer.com to request for the work to be done or to discuss further.


Information from Fairwork


Rules for part-time and casual restaurant employees have changed

The Fair Work Commission has announced changes for part-time and casual employees working in the restaurant industry.

The changes will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 January 2018.

Do the changes apply to me?

The changes apply to employers and employees who get their entitlements from the Restaurant Industry Award 2010 (MA000119).

What are the changes?

Part-time employees

Part-time employees will now have to be given at least 8 ordinary hours of work per week.

There are new rules for rostering part-time employees which include:

  • a requirement for employers and employees to agree on the minimum number of hours to be worked each week and the times the employee is available to work (this does not apply to employees who wish to continue on their current part-time hours agreement)
  • additional requirements for changing an employee’s availability or minimum hours of work agreement
  • restrictions on when hours can be rostered i.e. during the employee’s available times and must include 2 days off a week.

The changes allow part-time employees to be rostered on extra hours during their availability period without getting paid overtime.

However, the times when overtime applies have been changed. Part-time employees will now get overtime pay when they work:

  • over 38 hours per week (averaged over a roster cycle)
  • more than the maximum daily hours (see clause 31.2)
  • more than their rostered hours.

Casual employees

The changes introduce overtime entitlements for casual employees. They will now be entitled to overtime pay when they work:

  • over 38 hours per week (averaged over a roster cycle)
  • more than 12 hours for a shift or per day.

Casual employees are also entitled to the overtime meal allowance.

What do I need to do?

Make sure you’re familiar with the new rules before the changes come in to effect. Check out the ‘Find out more’ section below for links to where you can get more information.

We’re updating our pay tools to reflect the new overtime rates. We’ll send you an email when the new information and pay rates are available.

Find out more:

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