Part-time employee entitlements

You can hire retail employees on a part-time basis to suit your business. Part-time work arrangements can be benficial for your business and employees. For example, your employees may be able to enjoy greater work-life balance, and you can roster them during your retail business's busiest periods.

Your part-time retail employees get the same hourly rate and conditions of employment as full-time employees performing the same type of work. Part-time employees get a pro rata amount of paid annual leave and personal leave, which means a proportionate amount based on their hours of work.

When your part-time employees work in excess of their agreed number of hours, it is overtime and must be paid at overtime rates of pay. Visit the Overtime and Hours of work sections for information.

Note: Part-time employees must be provided, or be paid for, a minimum of 3 hours per shift.


Blair is employed as a part-time shop assistant for Atlantic Attire, working 20 hours per week. Blair's duties include receiving, preparing and displaying stock for sale, selling stock, window dressing and providing advice and assistance to customers. She is classified as a Retail Employee Level 1 under the Retail Award.

After working at Atlantic Attire for 6 months, Blair has accumulated 40 hours, or 2 weeks, of annual leave and 20 hours, or 1 week of personal leave. After 12 months, Blair has 80 hours of annual leave and 40 hours of personal leave.

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Page last updated: 01 Sep 2010