Penalty rates decision

“In its penalty rates decision, the Fair Work Commission has expressed a provisional view on transitional arrangements for phasing-in the adjustments to Sunday penalty rates. The Commission has called for submissions by 24 March 2017 on its provisional view,” Australian Industry Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said on March 3rd 2017.

“The Commission’s provisional view is that the adjustments should be phased-in over at least two annual increments and less than five annual increments, with the number of increments in a particular award dependent upon the extent of the adjustment to the Sunday penalty rates in that award. The first increment would occur on 1 July 2017.

“Ai Group is currently consulting with its members about the Commission’s provisional view and the appropriate number of increments over which the adjustments to Sunday penalties should be phased. We will make a submission on this by the 24 March 2017 deadline.

“The relevant employers naturally have the expectation that the decision will be implemented,”  Mr Willox said.

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