• Jay Sharpe

NEWS ALERT - COVID-19 Hospitality Award Changes


This temporary award change is the first of what we at Sharpe Workplace Solutions believe may become a common place occurrence over the next few months as industry and government grapple with the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has granted a joint party application to insert a special COVID-19 flexibility schedule in the hospitality award that expires in three months.

Here are some of the significant elements:

  1. The variation enables employees to work across classifications and duties providing they have the correct qualifications, such as responsible service of alcohol (RSA) certification.

  2. The variation also allows full-time employees to work an average of 22.8 to 38 ordinary hours per week, as directed by their employer, while part-time workers can work an average of 60% of their guaranteed weekly hours.

  3. Employers will need to consult employees and the Union, if they are members, over the introduction of such changes, with any disputes heard by the FWC.

  4. The variation also permits employers to direct employees to take annual leave upon 24 hours' notice, while employer and employees can agree to taking twice the duration of annual leave at half the rate of pay, as envisaged under s55(4).

The joint application follows the sudden closure of substantial parts of the hospitality industry as a result of the Federal and State government public health orders aimed at slowing the deadly coronavirus.

The application, dated yesterday, indicates the Commission will move rapidly to help industrial parties respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employers looking to understand the potential impacts of corona virus on their business and to gain an understanding of their rights and obligations should contact the team at Sharpe Workplace Solutions by email or call on (07) 46915046.

Review the full FWC Determination here.

The above information is intended as general information only and not as professional advice. If you need further guidance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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