Shiftworkers often work unsocial hours like nights, weekends and public holidays. These shifts may attract shift penalties or loadings in their award or agreement.
Some shiftworkers also get an additional week of annual leave each year. Awards and agreements can set rules about the shiftworkers that qualify for an extra week of leave.
For example, under the Manufacturing Award and the National Employment Standards a 7-day shiftworker who regularly works Sundays and public holidays gets 5 weeks of annual leave per year.
Award/agreement free shiftworkers get an extra week of annual leave if they:
• work for a business where shifts are worked continuously 24 hours a day for 7 days per week
• they regularly work those shifts and
• they regularly work Sundays and public holidays.
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