Storage Services and Wholesale Award Guide [MA000084]

Storage Services and Wholesale Award Guide [MA000084]

Table of content

  1. What is Storage Services and Wholesale Award?
  2. Who is entitled to Storage Services and Wholesale Award?
  3. How are the hours of work arranged in Storage Services and Wholesale Award?
  4. How are wages and allowances calculated in the Storage Services and Wholesale Award?
  5. How is the leave managed in Storage Services and Wholesale Award?
  6. How can Workstem assist you?

This blog is only the summary of the Storage Services and Wholesale Award. Please check the full version on Fair Work Storage Services and Wholesale Award 2020.

What is Storage Services and Wholesale Award?

Award is an industrial instrument that sets out the minimum terms and conditions of employment for a group of employees in a particular industry or occupation.

The storage services and wholesale industry means the receiving, handling, storing, freezing, refrigerating, bottling, packing, preparation for sale, sorting, loading, dispatch, delivery, or sale by wholesale, of produce, goods or merchandise as well as activities and processes connected, incidental or ancillary.

Who is entitled to Storage Services and Wholesale Award?

Coverage

The Storage and Wholesale Award covers employers in the storage services and wholesale industry and their employees who fit within the classifications of the award, including

  • preparing produce, goods or merchandise for sale
  • sorting, loading, dispatching or delivering produce goods or merchandise
  • selling produce, goods or merchandise by wholesale (‘wholesale’ means the sale of items in large quantities to someone other than the final consumer).

It also includes any activities and processes that are connected, incidental or ancillary to these activities.

Examples of employees covered by the Storage and Wholesale Award include:

  • storeworkers
  • steel distributing employees
  • warehouse employees
  • wholesale employees
  • forklift or ride-on equipment operators.

The Storage and Wholesale Award also covers labour hire businesses and their employees who are placed with an organisation in the storage services and wholesale industry.

This award does not cover employees to the extent that the employer is covered by:

  • another modern award that contains classifications relating to functions included within the definition of the storage services and wholesale industry with respect to any employee who is covered by that award; or
  •  the Road Transport and Distribution Award 2020.

Types of employment

An employee covered by this award must be one of the following:

  • a full-time employee (An employee who is engaged to work an average of 38 hours per week.);or
  • a part-time employee (An employee who is engaged to work fewer than 38 hours per week on a regular basis. An employer is required to roster a part-time employee for a minimum of 3 consecutive hours on any shift.);or
  • a casual employee (An employee who is engaged on an irregular or intermittent basis, with no expectation of ongoing employment.).

How are the hours of work arranged in Storage Services and Wholesale Award?

Hours of work

Day workers

Hours of work

  • Monday to Friday, 7.00 am and 5.30 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, by agreement

Max Ordinary hours

up to 38 hours per week averaged over 4 weeks, 8 hours per day (or up to 10 hours by agreement)

Ordinary hours

Ordinary hours will be worked on 4 or 5 days of not more than 8 hours (Monday to Friday inclusive) each continuously

Shiftwork

Shiftworker

Ordinary hours for shift

Monday to midnight Friday

Shift & Shift penalty rates(% of the minimum hourly rate)

Early morning shift:

commencing between 2.00 am and 7.00 am

112.5% 
Afternoon shift:

finishing after 6.00 pm and at or before midnight

115%

Night shift: 

finishing after midnight and at or before 8.30 am

130%

between midnight on Friday and midnight on Saturday (by agreement)

150%
between midnight on Saturday and midnight on Sunday (by agreement)

200%

Hours of work

The ordinary hours of work of shiftworkers will average 38 per week and must not exceed 152 in any work cycle; and will not exceed:

  • 8 hours in one day;
  • 38 hours in any one week;
  • 76 hours in any 14 consecutive days;
  • 114 hours in any 21 consecutive days; or
  • 152 hours in any 28 consecutive days.

Rostered days off (RDO)

Where a system of working is adopted to allow one rostered day off in each 4 weeks worked an employee will not be entitled to more than 13 rostered days off in any 12 month period.

An employer must give an employee at least 4 weeks’ notice of the weekday of the employee’s rostered day off.

Breaks

Meal break

30 – 60 minutes of unpaid meal break if working after 5 hours

The meal break will not exceed one hour in duration.

Rest break

10-minute paid rest break each morning and afternoon

The rest break will not be:

  • within one hour of normal commencement or cessation of work; or
  • within one hour either side of a meal break.

 

How are wages and allowances calculated in the Storage Services and Wholesale Award?

In the Storage Services and Wholesale Award, wages and allowances are calculated based on several factors outlined within the award.

Minimum rates

Adult employee minimum rates

Classification

Minimum weekly rate(full-time employee)

Minimum hourly rate

Storeworker grade 1—on commencement

914.90 24.08

Storeworker grade 1—after 3 months

926.10

24.37

Storeworker grade 1—after 12 months 936.60

24.65

Storeworker grade 2

944.90 24.87

Storeworker grade 3

971.80 25.57
Storeworker grade 4 1000.50

26.33

Wholesale employee level 1—on commencement 914.90

24.08

Wholesale employee level 1—after 3 months

926.10 24.37

Wholesale employee level 1—after 12 months

936.60

24.65

Wholesale employee level 2 944.90

24.87

Wholesale employee level 3

971.80 25.57
Wholesale employee level 4 1000.50

26.33

Junior employee minimum rates

Age

Percentage of weekly rate for Storeworker grade 1 or Wholesale employee level 1

Under 16 years of age

40%

16 years of age

50%
17 years of age

60%

18 years of age

70%

19 years of age and over

The appropriate adult rate

For more information about minimum rates, please refer to the complete version of Fair Work.

Overtime rates

% of the minimum hourly rate

Monday to Saturday

first 2 hours 150%

after 2 hours

200%
Sunday

200%

Public holiday

250%

Penalty rates

A full-time or part-time day worker employee must be paid at the following rates for all ordinary hours worked:

% of the minimum hourly rate

Saturday

150%
Sunday

200%

Public holiday

250%

Allowances

Wage-related allowances

First aid allowance

  • $15.01 per week

Cold temperatures

  • $1.00 per hour or part thereof if from -15.6°C (4°F) down to -18.9°C (-2°F)
  • $1.50 per hour or part thereof if less than -18.9°C (-2°F) down to -23.3°C (-10°F)
  • $2.00 per hour or part thereof if less than -23.3°C (-10°F)

Expense-related allowances

Meal allowance

$19.61 if excessing of one hour after the usual finishing time

Travelling, transport and fares reimbursement

The rate of pay for travelling time will be at ordinary rates, except on Sundays and public holidays when an employee will be paid at 150% of the minimum hourly rate.

Provision of tools

Reimburse

Protective clothing and uniforms reimbursement

Provide or reimburse

Damaged personal effects allowance

a maximum of $1077 for replacement of dentures/prescription spectacles if damaged

How is the leave managed in Storage Services and Wholesale Award?

For the complete version of leave entitlement, you may refer to NES.

Annual Leave

Annual leave is provided for in the NES. It does not apply to casual employees.

During a period of paid annual leave, an employer must pay an employee an additional payment for the employee’s ordinary hours of work. The additional payment is payable on leave accrued.

For an employee who would have worked on day work only or worked on shiftwork had they not been on leave, the additional payment is the greater of:

  • 17.5% of the minimum hourly rate for the employee’s ordinary hours of work in the period; or
  • The minimum hourly rate for the employee’s ordinary hours of work in the period inclusive of shift weekend penalty rates as specified.

Personal Leave

Casual employees are entitled to be absent from work to care for a person who requires care or support because of:

  • illness or an injury;or
  • an emergency

but they’re not entitled to be paid for time away from work.

Community service leave

Community service leave is provided for in the NES.

Family and domestic violence leave

Family and domestic violence leave is provided for in the NES.

Information provided to employers concerning an employee’s experience of family and domestic violence is sensitive and if mishandled can have adverse consequences for the employee.

Employers are subject to confidentiality requirements regarding the handling of this information.

Public holidays

An employer must pay an employee who works on a public holiday or on a day that is substituted for a public holiday at the public holiday penalty rate set out in penalty rates.

How can Workstem assist you?

Workstem is a one-stop payroll & HR platform that has an award interpretation module to assist storage services and wholesale award employers in several ways. We understand the various provisions of the storage services and wholesale award and stay in compliance with Fair Work requirements, the customised attendance formulas can automatically calculate payments and will stay up-to-date with relevant regulations.

By utilising Workstem, manufacturing award employers can streamline their HR processes, reduce administrative burdens, and stay in compliance with Fair Work.

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