MA000002  PR587174

MA000002  PR587174
FAIR WORK COMMISSION

DETERMINATION



Fair Work Act 2009

s.156—4 yearly review of modern awards

4 yearly review of modern awards—Award flexibility
(AM2014/300)

CLERKS—PRIVATE SECTOR AWARD 2010
[MA000002]

Clerical industry

JUSTICE ROSS,PRESIDENT
DEPUTY PRESIDENT KOVACIC
COMMISSIONER LEE

MELBOURNE,14 DECEMBER 2016

4 yearly review of modern awards - award flexibility - time off instead of payment for overtime.

A. Further to the Full Bench decision issued by the Fair Work Commission on 13 December 2016 1 the above award is varied as follows:

1. By deleting clause 27.5 and inserting the following:

27.5 Time off instead of payment for overtime

    (a) An employee and employer may agree in writing to the employee taking time off instead of being paid for a particular amount of overtime that has been worked by the employee.

    (b) Any amount of overtime that has been worked by an employee in a particular pay period and that is to be taken as time off instead of the employee being paid for it must be the subject of a separate agreement under clause 27.5.

    (c) An agreement must state each of the following:

    (i) the number of overtime hours to which it applies and when those hours were worked;

    (ii) that the employer and employee agree that the employee may take time off instead of being paid for the overtime;

    (iii) that,if the employee requests at any time,the employer must pay the employee,for overtime covered by the agreement but not taken as time off,at the overtime rate applicable to the overtime when worked;

    (iv) that any payment mentioned in subparagraph (iii) must be made in the next pay period following the request.

    Note:An example of the type of agreement required by this clause is set out at Schedule H. There is no requirement to use the form of agreement set out at Schedule H. An agreement under clause 27.5 can also be made by an exchange of emails between the employee and employer,or by other electronic means.

    (d) The period of time off that an employee is entitled to take is the same as the number of overtime hours worked.

    EXAMPLE:By making an agreement under clause 27.5 an employee who worked 2 overtime hours is entitled to 2 hours’time off.

    (e) Time off must be taken:

    (i) within the period of 6 months after the overtime is worked;and

    (ii) at a time or times within that period of 6 months agreed by the employee and employer.

    (f) If the employee requests at any time,to be paid for overtime covered by an agreement under clause 27.5 but not taken as time off,the employer must pay the employee for the overtime,in the next pay period following the request,at the overtime rate applicable to the overtime when worked.

    (g) If time off for overtime that has been worked is not taken within the period of 6 months mentioned in paragraph (e),the employer must pay the employee for the overtime,in the next pay period following those 6 months,at the overtime rate applicable to the overtime when worked.

    (h) The employer must keep a copy of any agreement under clause 27.5 as an employee record.

    (i) An employer must not exert undue influence or undue pressure on an employee in relation to a decision by the employee to make,or not make,an agreement to take time off instead of payment for overtime.

    (j) An employee may,under section 65 of the Act,request to take time off,at a time or times specified in the request or to be subsequently agreed by the employer and the employee,instead of being paid for overtime worked by the employee. If the employer agrees to the request then clause 27.5 will apply,including the requirement for separate written agreements under paragraph (b) for overtime that has been worked.

      Note:If an employee makes a request under section 65 of the Act for a change in working arrangements,the employer may only refuse that request on reasonable business grounds (see section 65(5) of the Act).

    (k) If,on the termination of the employee’s employment,time off for overtime worked by the employee to which clause 27.5 applies has not been taken,the employer must pay the employee for the overtime at the overtime rate applicable to the overtime when worked.

    Note:Under section 345(1) of the Act,a person must not knowingly or recklessly make a false or misleading representation about the workplace rights of another person under clause 27.5.

2. By inserting Schedule H as follows:

Schedule H—Agreement for Time Off Instead of Payment for Overtime

Name of employee:_____________________________________________

Name of employer:_____________________________________________

The employer and employee agree that the employee may take time off instead of being paid for the following amount of overtime that has been worked by the employee:

Date and time overtime started:___/___/20___ ____ am/pm

Date and time overtime ended:___/___/20___ ____ am/pm

Amount of overtime worked:_______ hours and ______ minutes

The employer and employee further agree that,if requested by the employee at any time,the employer must pay the employee for overtime covered by this agreement but not taken as time off. Payment must be made at the overtime rate applying to the overtime when worked and must be made in the next pay period following the request.

Signature of employee:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

Name of employer
representative:________________________________________

Signature of employer
representative:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

3. By updating the table of contents and cross-references accordingly.

B. This determination comes into operation from 14 December 2016. In accordance with s.165(3) of the Fair Work Act 2009 this determination does not take effect until the start of the first full pay period that starts on or after 14 December 2016.

PRESIDENT

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 1  [2016] FWCFB 7737;see also [2016] FWCFB 4258.

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