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Changing rosters | What you need to know

Need to change an employee’s regular roster? Here is what you need to know

As businesses grow and change, so do their operations. A process that may have been functional and appropriate at one time, may no longer be the best fit for the business. So, when changes to your business need to be reflected in the rostering of your staff, what can you do? Do they have to ‘like it or lump it’, OR do you need to consider their point of view?

Our resident HR expert, Lisa has the answer.

“When proposing changes to an employee’s regular roster, employers are required to consider their view.

In fact, when an employer wants to change an employee’s regular roster or ordinary hours of work, they have to discuss it with the employee first, including:

  • Provide information about the change.
  • Invite the employee to give their view about the impact of the change, and consider this.

Awards and agreements can set out extra rules about changing rosters and how and when employees are given rosters.

Like with any change in the workplace, it pays to have your staff onside. Working with your staff to implement change and being respectful and flexible where practically possible, is always best.”

For industry-specific information relating to rosters, visit: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/…/hours-of-work-breaks-…/rosters

Need some HR help? Contact Lisa on (07) 4638 3599 or fill in our online form for a free, one-hour, no-obligation HR business consultation.

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