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Queen’s Birthday Penalty Rates Reminder

Business Management

Ahead of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, APAL would like to remind growers of the public holiday pay rates for all time worked on a public holiday.

  • Full-time and part-time employees get paid 200 per cent of their ordinary rate for hours worked on a public holiday.
  • Casual employees get paid 225 per cent of their minimum hourly wage (this includes their 25 per cent casual loading) for hours worked on a public holiday. They get this rate whether they’re working overtime hours or normal hours.

An employee gets paid for overtime worked. Employees can agree in writing with their employer to take paid time off instead of being paid overtime rates.

There are different rates of overtime defined in the Hort Award for full-time, part-time and casual employees.

To help record employees’ hours of work and shifts, employers can use FairWork’s Roster template

The public holiday rate for full-time and part-time pieceworkers is calculated by multiplying the worker’s piecework earnings for that day by the public holiday rate of 200 per cent.

Visit the Fair Work ‘Hort Showcase’ website for more information.

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