INDUSTRIAL UPDATE – Public Holidays March and April 2014

Members are advised of upcoming Public Holidays in March and April 2014, listed as follows

Monday 3 March 2014
> Labour Day (WA only)

Monday 10 March 2014
> Canberra Day (ACT)
> Adelaide Cup (SA)
> Eight Hour Day (TAS)
> Labour Day (VIC)

Friday 18 April 2014 - GOOD FRIDAY
> All States & Territories

Saturday 19 April - EASTER SATURDAY
> All States & Territories except TAS & WA

Sunday 20 April - EASTER SUNDAY
> SA
(NOTE - every Sunday in South Australia is nominally a public holiday under the Holidays Act 1910 (SA).

Monday 21 April - EASTER MONDAY
> All States & Territories

Friday 25 April 2014 - ANZAC DAY
> All States and Territories

Simply stated, Fulltime or Part Time employees performing work on a public holiday must be paid double time or ordinary time plus the equivalent day off in lieu as mutually agreed. Please also note that Fulltime or Part Time employees normally rostered on a public holiday are entitled to time off without loss of wages.

Casual Employees are not entitled to public holidays. All work performed by a casual employee on a public holiday is at their normal Casual rate of pay in accordance with the Horse & Greyhound Training Award 2010 (HGTA).

The ATA has sought and received correspondence from Fair Work Australia (FWA), now known as Fair Work Commission, that states “FWA are of the view that a casual employee working on a public holiday is excluded from the penalty rates provided at clause 26.3 of the Training Award. FWA note that this is consistent with the operation under the key pre-modern award in the industry, the Horse Training Industry Award 1999 [AP783476]”.

In the event that a pay period ends on or before a public holiday an Employer is required to ensure that Employees receive payment of wages at least (1) day prior.

The ATA’s Industrial Relations Manager - Wayne Lee, is contactable on (03) 9372 1688 should Members require further assistance.

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