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Changes to Public Holiday Clauses

Hair & Beauty Australia have announced that as of October 1st 2013, the Fair Work Commission handed down a decision to vary the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010 in line with the award modernisation process.



A new clause has been added to the public holiday section which may be beneficial for some salon owners who are required to open on a public holiday.

Public holidays are required to be paid at a rate of 250% for full time, part time and casual employees. Under the new award structure, if an employer and employee mutually agree, employees may now be compensated by a time in lieu system by either;

1) Receiving an equivalent day or time off instead, without loss of pay. This day should be taken within four weeks of the public holiday occurring or;

2) An additional day or equivalent time is given as annual leave.

It is important for salon owners and employees to discuss each public holiday and make a fresh choice for each situation. If no agreement can be reached and the employee is required to work they must be paid at 250%.

For more information and for up-to-date and individually tailored business advice, contact Hair and Beauty Australia on 1800 997 795 or visit

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