Labour Day public holiday in Victoria is on Monday, 9 March 2015. Here’s a look at public holiday penalty rates for cafes and their hospitality employees. Other hospitality businesses need to remember that most hospo employees working on public holidays in are entitled to penalty rates.
Penalty rates are better viewed as special minimum wage rates for certain days. If you’re paying your employees more than the base wage under the Award, you may not need to add the whole of the penalty rate to the employee’s wage for the day.
As we’re looking at penalty rates for cafes, we’re using the Restaurant Industry Award 2010. Double check Schedule B in the Award for which employees are covered. Clause 34 deals with penalty rates.
- Casual employees are entitled to the base wage plus 150%
- Part-time and full-time employees are:
- entitled to the base wage plus 150%; or
- can agree to the base wage plus 50%, plus time off.
Also bear in mind the minimum pay entitlements for short shifts on Labour Day 2015.