penalty rate

Penalty rates are higher pay rates applied when employees work during less typical hours, such as evenings, weekends, or public holidays. These rates are specified in awards and registered agreements.

Penalty rates are additional wages that employees earn for working outside normal working hours. These rates are a form of extra compensation for working at times that are often considered inconvenient or outside typical business hours, like late nights, weekends, or on public holidays. The specific rate of this additional pay and when it applies are detailed in the employee's award or agreement. This system ensures fair compensation for employees working these less desirable hours.

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