The Fair Work Commission just announced reduced penalty (weekend rates and public holiday) for retail and hospitality staff.

New weekend rates explained:

Sunday pay rates will be the same as Saturday pay rate. This means that all staff will be paid 1.5x (one and a half times) the standard rate across both Saturday and Sunday reduced from 1.75x (time and three quarters) for hospitality staff and 2x (double times) for retail staff paid on Sundays.

This is a move to reduce business expenditure and re-categorising fast-food staff as “level one” workers.

See the announcement on ABC News.

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