Awards Changes for Horticultural Workers.. Are you ready?


On 2 April 2019, the Fair Work Commission handed down a decision to change the Horticulture Award.

The decision altered the Horticulture Award for casual employees to include ordinary hours of work, a night loading and overtime entitlements. It also clarified the penalty rate for working on public holidays for casuals.

With the new policy implemented just 2 weeks later, it’s important that any employers in Horticulture adjust their processes to the changes quickly. If you haven’t adjusted from April 15th, there is a chance you may not be compliant and at risk of various penalties.

What does that mean for you?

Casual employees now receive overtime when they work 304 hours in an eight-week period (an average 38 hours per week), or when working more than 12 hours in a single shift.
They’ll also receive a 15% “Night Loading” when happy wheels working between 8:31pm and 4.59am and receive 225% when they work on a Public Holiday.

Labour Solutions Australia has farmers covered.

Horticulture & Seasonal Work is a core component of our business. We have the people & structure in place to ensure that your workers are paid correctly, and on time.
Implementing changes like this can be challenging at best for businesses – especially on short notice, but with more than 15 years’ experience, LSA are ready for any industry changes that come through the pipeline.

This means you can spend your day concentrating on your harvest, while we take care of the details. If you’d like to hear more, please get in touch today.

The changes apply from the first full pay period on or after 15 April 2019, and the determination is available here.


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