Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2010 [MA000036].
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 classification applying to the work they do
- that any change to the agreement will be in writing
- how long they will be employed part-time.
The employer has to 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.
When can a part-time employee's hours be changed?
The pattern of work can only be changed if the employer and employee agree to it in writing. The employer has to keep a copy of the change, and give a copy to the employee.
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 Plumbing Award summary.
Source reference: Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2010 [MA000036] clause 13