Easy Easter pay

cash-money-dollar-coinsThe Fair Work Ombudsman is urging employers and employees to check the pay rates and entitlements that apply over the upcoming Easter public holidays.

Good Friday, April 3, and Easter Monday, April 6, are national public holidays, with some states and territories also declaring Easter Saturday or Easter Sunday public holidays.

Information available on the Fair Work website includes an overview of the workplace laws that apply on public holidays, including what employers need to pay and what employees are entitled to.

Also included are tools for employers to check the minimum pay rates and entitlements, as well as details of applicable public holidays in each state and territory.

“Whether you are a business operator preparing for Easter trading or an employee working through Easter, it’s important you are aware of the public holidays and any penalty rates that apply,” Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, said.

“We’ve updated our website to help employers and workers understand and comply with their rights and obligations with a minimum of stress this Easter.”

Employers and workers seeking advice and assistance can also call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service available on 13 14 50.

Small business employers calling the Fair Work Infoline can opt to receive priority service via the Small Business Helpline.

James said most underpayments are inadvertent and are the result of employers failing to check their obligations under workplace laws.

“It is important for employers to be fully aware of the minimum pay rates that apply to their employees, otherwise they can end up facing bills for back payment of wages they weren’t budgeting for,” she said.


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