Restaurant Award changes

Changes to the Restaurant Award came into effect from the first full pay period on or after 23 January 2020. So, as an employer what do you need to know?

  • Casual employees who work more than 10 hours are now entitled to the same number of paid meal breaks as full-time and part-time employees working the same shift. An employee can now also agree with their employer to take their unpaid meal break no later than six and a half hours after starting work.
  • In most cases, apprentices can now move up a level based on skills they’ve acquired against their training plan.
  • Cooks will now be entitled to a tool allowance that was previously only provided for apprentice cooks.
  • Minor change to clause 39 – No deduction for breakages or till shortages.
    For more information, visit the Fair Work website.

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