Workers must know their rights this Easter

This Easter long weekend is the first lot of public holidays since the Fair Work Commission announced penalty rate cuts to workers in the hospitality, fast food, restaurant, retail and pharmacy industries, so we’re expecting some confusion among employees and employers.

Some important things to remember are:

• Cuts to public holiday penalty rates are not due to come into effect until July 1, so it would be illegal for any employers to reduce their workers’ pay this Easter.

• Dates for Sunday penalty rate cuts are not expected to be finalised until a hearing in May.

• Cuts that have already come into effect are changes to loading penalties, which affect workers in the restaurant and fast food industries working overnight shifts.

Workers should double check they’ve been paid correctly and if their calculations don’t match their payslip, they should raise it with their boss.

Aron Neilson,

Slater and Gordon principal employment lawyer

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