Penalty rates update

penalty rates

Last week the Federal Court of Australia dismissed a union-led application to appeal the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rates decision in February this year.

Restaurant & Catering Industrial (RCI) was one of a number of employer parties who opposed the unions’ application in the Federal Court.

The Federal Court ruling means that the reductions to penalty rates for workers employed under the Retail, Pharmacy, Hospitality and Fast Food Awards have been upheld.

This also means that the unions’ application for a stay of RCI’s new penalty rates application in the Fair Work Commission, pending the Federal Court decision, is now a moot point.  RCI will be updating its members on the developments of the new penalty rates matter relating to the Restaurant Award in due course.

Further information regarding the Federal Court’s decision can be accessed here.

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