s we approach the Easter break, workers in Australia’s construction industry will no doubt be looking forward to some time off.

Good Friday, which falls on 29 March and Easter Monday, which falls on 1 April are public holidays in Australia.

All full and part-time employees are entitled to be paid at least their normal base rate for the Good Friday and Easter Monday public holidays if they would normally work on a Friday or Monday.  Have a look at your Modern Award or enterprise agreement to find out exactly what you are entitled to.

Some enterprise agreements allow employees and employers to agree to substitute public holidays for another day off but an employer must not exert undue influence or pressure an employee to force them to agree to do so.

Under the Building and Construction General On Site Award 2010, employees who  work on the Easter public holidays are entitled to double time and a half and must be paid for at least four hours. The same rules apply if an employee is required to work the Saturday following Good Friday.

Workers who are employed under enterprise agreements may also be eligible for Rostered Days Off (RDOs) or other negotiated leave days during the first week of April. Consult your local RDO Calendar to find out.

FWBC wishes all our Industry Update readers and their families and safe and relaxing Easter break.

Further information:

FWBC Website

Fair Work Ombudsman website

CFMEU website
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