Following an application by the Australian Hotels Association and the United Workers’ Union, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has varied the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The award changes took effect on 24 March 2020 and will apply until 30 June 2020.
The amendments to the award are specifically targeted at assisting the hospitality industry maintain its workforce during this challenging time.
The effect of the amendments are that:
In making these changes, the Fair Work Commission has acknowledged that the Government restrictions currently in place will likely have a substantial impact on the hospitality sector, even with State and Federal financial assistance packages. The Commission is hopeful that the changes will enable as many employees as possible to keep their jobs, albeit on reduced hours.
If you would like advice about how these changes to the Hospitality Industry (General) Award may affect your business or employment, please contact our team of expert employment and industrial relations lawyers.
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