The Fair Work Ombudsman is reminding Victorian employers that this coming Friday, 2nd October will be a public holiday for the first time this year.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says that Victorian businesses operating on AFL Grand Final eve will need to check the pay rates and entitlements that apply.

“Employers who don’t take the time to check the minimum rates that apply on public holidays are at much greater risk of underpaying their employees,” says James, adding that most underpayments on public holidays tend to be inadvertent and the result of employers not being fully aware of the rates that apply.

“Any underpayments have to be rectified, which means employers can end up facing bills for back-payment of wages they weren’t budgeting for.”

James says that Fair Work is working to build a culture of compliance with workplace laws to ensure an even playing field for all businesses.

“We are committed to supporting compliant, productive and inclusive Australian workplaces by providing practical advice that is easy to access, understand and apply,” she said.

For more information on the penalty rates that apply, click here.


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