All employers working under the SCHADS Award will see changes for part time employees, from the first pay period following the 1st of July 2022. These changes will include:
- A minimum of 3 hours per shift for all Social and Community Services workers, excluding disability services work.
- A minimum of 2 hours for all other employees under this award.
Currently, under the SCHADS Award, there is no minimum requirement of hours for part time employees, with the ability to work shifts in broken segments of hours less than the introduced 2 and 3 hour variation.
In response to the upcoming change, employers will have to make adjustments to employee work schedules to ensure that allocated hours meet the introduced standards. It is the employers responsibility to genuinely approach employees, working together to come to an agreement of adjusted hours to meet the introduced minimum requirement. This will be a large transition for many organisations and in accordance, Fair Work have given an 8 month transitional period for employers from the 1st of February 2022 to the 1st of October 2022.
In circumstances where an agreement cannot be made between the employer and employee to see the minimum hours met, the employer has the right to notify the employee of variance to hours, with 42 days written notice. The effect date of such changes cannot be made prior to the 1st of July 2022.
Assurance HR Management have particular expertise in industrial relations, having much experience as a third-party entity between employee and employer, assisting to make adjustments to wage, conditions, role and type of employment within employee awards and employment agreements. Contact one of our team on 1800 577 515 and we can talk you through what is required to see you remain compliant within the newly appointed standards and assist you in the implementation and management of these.
In accordance with Fair Work there will be further updates to the SCHADS Award come the 1st of July 2022, which will impact the entitlements for: damaged clothing, remote response, and broken shifts.
As this becomes available, Assurance HR will continue to keep you updated.