Temporary Clerks Award flexibility
On 28 March 2020, the Fair Work Commission varied the Clerks Award by adding a new Schedule I.
The Commission has extended Schedule I and it now applies until 30 June 2021.
Schedule I adds award flexibility to the Clerks Award during the impact of coronavirus. It changes entitlements relating to:
- span of hours while working at home
- hours of work for full-time and part-time employees
- annual leave.
Schedule I applies to employers and employees covered by the Clerks Award.
While Schedule I operates, an employee’s usual terms and conditions of employment under the Clerks Award continue to apply, unless they’ve been changed by Schedule I. If they have, Schedule I applies instead.
These changes may affect the information on this page.
Go to Clerks Award flexibility during coronavirus for more information about Schedule I and when it applies.
Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Clerks-Private Sector Award [MA000002].
A part-time employee is employed to work less than 38 ordinary hours per week. An employer and employee have to agree on a regular pattern of work when the employee starts.
The agreement has to be in writing and include:
- the hours worked each day
- the days of the week the employee will work
- the start and finish times each day.
The employer should keep a copy of the agreement, and give a copy to the employee.
The hours in the agreement have to be worked within the ordinary hours in the award. This includes the times of day the hours can be worked and the maximum and minimum hours of work. For the ordinary hours in this award, go to Hours of work.
Use the Part-time hours of work agreement and variation (DOC 91KB) template to record part-time hours of work.
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When can a part-time employee’s hours be changed?
An employee's hours or start and finish times can only be changed if the employer and employee agree to it in writing. The employer should keep a copy of the change, and give a copy to the employee.
The roster for the days worked (not the start and finish times or amount of hours) can be changed in other ways than by agreement, including if the employer provides the employee one week's notice. For other rules about when a roster can be changed, go to Rosters.
Use the Part-time hours of work agreement and variation (DOC 91KB) template to record changes to part-time hours of work.
When can an employee change to part-time?
An employee might want to go part-time, either for a short amount of time or permanently. The employer and employee should agree in writing to the change to part-time employment.
An employer can’t make a person change from full-time to part-time employment. If an employer does this, it may be a redundancy. For more information on what a redundancy is, go to Redundancy.
What happens to leave entitlements when changing to part-time?
When an employee changes from full-time to part-time, they keep any leave they have accumulated, such as annual leave or sick leave.
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Clerks Award summary.
Source reference: Clerks - Private Sector Award [MA000002] clause 10