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22 Jun 11
Retail Industry Award to allow short after-school shifts

From 1 July 2011, the General Retail Industry Award 2010 will allow the minimum daily engagement for a casual employee to be one hour and thirty minutes, rather than the standard three hour minimum, as long as certain conditions are satisfied:

  • the employee is a full-time secondary school student
  • the employee is engaged to work between 3.00pm and 6.30pm on a school day
  • the employee agrees to work, and a parental guardian of the employee agrees to allow the employee to work, a period shorter than three hours, and
  • employment for a longer period than the period of the engagement is not possible, ether because of the operational requirements of the employer or the unavailability of the employee.

Therefore, if a longer period of engagement on a particular day is possible, the three hour minimum will continue to apply and school students will continue to have the benefit of such an engagement. Where only a shorter period is possible, then the shorter period of engagement can be utilised.

In all other circumstances, the minimum engagement for a casual remains three hours.

Many retail industry employers will be relieved that the Fair Work system will now allow them to engage school aged workers for shorter periods after school.

This Alert covers legal and technical issues in a general way. It is not designed to express opinions on specific cases. This Alert is intended for information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Further advice should be obtained before taking action on any issue dealt with in this publication.

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