Fair Work Australia has published their decision varying the General Retail Award 2010 to allow casual school aged workers to work shifts shorter than 3 hours.
The award has been varied as follows:
Clause 13.4 is varied by the addition of the following words at the end of the clause:
“provided that the minimum engagement period for an employee will be one hour and 30 minutes if all of the following circumstances apply:
(a) the employee is a full time secondary school student; and
(b) the employee is engaged to work between the hours of 3.00 pm and 6.30 pm on a day which they are required to attend school; and
(c) the employee agrees to work, and a parent or guardian of the employee agrees to allow the employee to work, a shorter period than three hours; and
(d) employment for a longer period than the period of the engagement is not possible either because of the operational requirements of the employer or the unavailability of the employee.
As we have stated in a previous blog post (Common Sense at Last! After School Work Back on the Agenda for Teenagers), we believe that this decision is a win for common sense by Fair Work Australia. It is a pity that it has taken so long, and a needless appeal to make it happen!
To download the determination, download the Determination from Fair Work Australia