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New minimum payments for part-time employees under Social and Community Services Award

by | Mar 16, 2022 | Fair Work, Jobs, News

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The Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 covers employers in the:

    • crisis assistance and supported housing sector;
    • social and community services sector;
    • home care sector; and
    • family day care scheme sector.

Currently, there is no minimum period of engagement for part-time workers under that Award which is quite unusual. Employers and employees could agree to work less than the new minimum payment period.

The Fair Work Commission has decided that, from 1 July 2022, there will be a “minimum payment” provision which requires that the minimum engagement/payment for a shift or period of work in a broken shift of a part-time employee will be:

    • 3 hours for social and community services employees (except when doing disability services work) and
    • 2 hours for all other employees.
There is a transitional period that runs from 1 February 2022 to 1 October 2022 to enable consultation between employers and employees who have an Agreement for less than the new minimum payment periods made prior to 1 February 2022.
 
 
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