When a cleaning employee takes annual leave, they need to be paid their ordinary hourly rate, including (if applicable):
- leading hand allowance
- first aid allowance
- penalty rates for shiftwork or rostered ordinary hours of work on Saturday and/or Sunday
- part-time allowance for part-time employees working shiftwork (Monday to Friday) or rostered ordinary hours on a Saturday and/or Sunday.
Cleaning employees are also paid 17.5% annual leave loading calculated on the ordinary rate of pay for their classification in clause 16 of the Cleaning Award.
However, where a cleaning employee would have been paid a rate of pay, or shift, weekend (Saturday or Sunday), or public holiday penalty rate from Schedule A or Schedule B of the Cleaning Award, they must be paid the higher of:
- the rate provided in Schedule A or Schedule B, or
- the minimum wage rates as set out in clause 16 of the Cleaning Award, plus 17.5%.
Permanent night shift
If a cleaning employee usually works a permanent night shift and is entitled to a loading that is more than 17.5% for all hours worked, they’re entitled to be paid the higher loading instead of the 17.5% annual leave loading.