Morse Group's HR Consultant, Tracey, recently penned this little piece about Sunday Penalty rates, and whether they are still relevant in the hospitality industry.
|There has been endless debate and media coverage, and hours of discussion spent in the Productivity Commission and Fair Work Commission on whether Sunday penalty rates in hospitality, entertainment, restaurants and retail should reduce to Saturday (still generous!) rates. Of course they should!!
Human Resources are my bread and butter, so lets all have a quick history lesson to see why this archaic condition should change ASAP. The weekend penalty rate was introduced in 1919 – to reflect society's view that workers should be generously compensated for working 'unsocial' hours.
Society also viewed that a women's dress/skirt hem length should be no shorter than calf length, ever.
The reality of our workforce now is that many young people and students specifically seek out weekend work as it suits them - is not considered unsocial – it is considered convenient as it fits in with their weekly responsibilities. This is the community norm in 2016.
Why should the local cafe owner or shop owner be penalised for a (nearly) 100 year old decision that has no relevance today?
Sunday Penalty rates for small employers can be crippling.
The Federal Government has promised to create the right conditions for small businesses to grow – so now is the time to action the findings of the Productivity Commission Inquiry Report released at the end of December 2015 – align the Sunday rate with Saturday.