With the Fair Work Commission decision to cut Sunday and public holiday rates what will this mean for small business in the affected sectors? The rate cuts apply to hospitality, retail, pharmacy and fast food industries for full time, part time and some casual workers however we will not see at this point in time Sunday wages drop to the same level as Saturday rates. This has not been without months of deliberation with the Commission handing down its ruling on whether Sunday rates should be in line with Saturday rates. The changes to rates are outlined below;
- Retail: In the retail award, Sunday rates for full and part time workers will decrease from 200% of the regular hourly rate to 150%. For casual workers the rate will decrease from 200% to 175%.
- Hospitality: In the hospitality award, the loading for full and part time workers will be reduced from 175% to 150%, while there will be no change for casuals.
- Fast food: Full and part time “Level 1” employees in the fast food sector will have their Sunday rates cut from a 150% loading to 125%. Casual “Level 1” employees will have their Sunday loading cut from 175% to 150%.
- Pharmacy: There will be changes to pay rates for pharmacy staff working between 7:00am and 9:00pm, while those working before 7:00am and between 9:00pm and midnight will continue to get the existing loading.