Penalty rates for retail casuals to jump 25 per cent after Fair Work Commission decision

The Australian, September 28, 2018 (EXTRACT)

Casuals in the retail sector will see a 25 per cent bump to their Saturday penalty rates phased in over the next three years, increasing the pay from 135 per cent to 150 per cent, following a Fair Work Commission decision that will also increase weekday rates for work after 6pm.

A full bench headed by president Iain Ross said the current casual rates for weekday evenings and Saturday work “lack logic and merit”.

The commission said it accepted evidence the hike would only result in a ‘small’ drop in casual employment “which would not have a significant impact” on the opportunities for young and disadvantaged job seekers to gain employment.

However it added that while the aggregate effect of the pay increase would be small, the impact may be more significant for individual businesses, depending on the extent to which they utilise casual employees at the times which will be affected by the variations.