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Hair and Beauty Industry Penalty Rates Case

"On 26 August, the final hearings will commence in the Fair Work Commission’s Hair and Beauty Industry Penalty Rates Case. Ai Group Workplace Lawyers is representing Hair and Beauty Australia (HABA) in the case." Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said today.

“In the Fair Work Commission’s major Penalty Rates Decision in 2017, Sunday and public holiday penalty rates were moderately adjusted in the retail, hospitality and pharmacy industries. In its 2017 decision, the Commission announced that penalty rates would also be reviewed in the hair and beauty industry.

“There are obvious similarities between the hair and beauty industry and the retail and pharmacy industries:

  • Businesses in each industry operate from similar locations, e.g. shopping strips and shopping malls;
  • The opening hours of businesses in the three industries are often similar;
  • Lease arrangements for businesses in each industry are similar, with many businesses required by the terms of their leases to open on Sundays;
  • Businesses in each of these industries predominately sell to consumers; and
  • A large range of hair and beauty products are sold by businesses in each of the industries.

“For the same reasons that Sunday and public holiday penalty rates have been adjusted in the retail, hospitality and pharmacy industries, penalty rates need to be adjusted in the hair and beauty industry. The existing penalty rates are no longer fair or relevant in contemporary workplaces.

“HABA is seeking a modest reduction in Sunday penalty rates from double time to time and one half, and in public holiday rates from double time and one half to double time and one quarter." Mr Willox said.

 

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