Double payment when RDO falls on a public holiday?

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Double payment when RDO falls on a public holiday?

Is an employee entitled to a double payment when the employee’s rostered day off falls on a public holiday?

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Is an employee entitled to a double payment when the employee’s rostered day off falls on a public holiday?

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Our workforce operates on a rostered day off (RDO) system where employees work 40-40-40-32 hours each week over a four-week roster cycle, with the employees being paid for 38 hours each week, a total of 152 hours over the cycle.

The RDOs are staggered so there is sufficient number of employees available for work on each day Monday to Friday.

Over the Easter period, several employees had a RDO fall on a public holiday.

In this situation, is the employee entitled to payment for the public holiday as well as the RDO?

Generally, modern awards and enterprise agreements which allow for the implementation of a RDO system usually provide that an RDO cannot fall on a public holiday.

It is usually to be taken at some other mutually agreed time.

An employee has already ‘earned’ the time off for the RDO by working in excess of ordinary hours for the preceding 19 working days of the RDO cycle.

The entitlement to a public holiday is in addition to the entitlement to payment for the RDO.

The two provisions are mutually exclusive.

The relevant modern award or agreement may make specific provision regarding the arrangement to be entered into by the employer and employee when a public holiday falls on a RDO.

Source: Paul Munro, IR Consultant.
 
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