Workplace Relations - FAQs

Q: What Award applies to my business?
For the majority of Members, the applicable modern award is the Vehicle Manufacturing, Repair, Services and Retail Award 2010 

Q: What rate of pay do I need to pay my employees?
Depending upon the role of the employee, their rate of pay will change – for the latest update on pay, please see the Wage Schedule for 2017/2018 created by the MTA. 

Q: How much annual leave (Holiday Pay) does an employee receive each year?
An employee accrues annual leave throughout the year depending on the hours of work they perform. A full-time employee will accrue 4 weeks or 152 hours of annual leave each year. Part-time employees accrue leave on a pro-rata basis.

To work out the amount of annual leave an employee has, add 0.0769 hours of leave for every hour worked. Annual leave does not accrue on hours worked in excess of 38 hours each week.

Q: How much personal/carer’s leave (Sick Pay) does an employee receive each year?
An employee accrues personal/carer’s leave throughout the year depending on the hours of work they perform. A full-time employee will accrue 10 days or 76 hours of personal/carer’s leave each year. Part-time employees accrue leave on a pro-rata basis.

To work out the personal/carer’s leave an employee has, add 0.0385 hours of leave for every hour worked. Personal/carer’s leave does not accrue on hours worked in excess of 38 hours each week.

Q: What should I do if an employee resigns?
When an employee resigns, it is important to ensure that you ask for a written resignation, whether this is a letter, email or text message. If you do receive a written resignation, you are required to keep this on the employee’s file.

When you receive the resignation, you should look into the reasons for the resignation as it is not uncommon for a resigning employee to make subsequent allegations of bullying, harassment or other issues within the business. Where the employee makes these allegations, it is important to investigate these and address the issues if appropriate.

If an employee provides notice of their resignation, you may have the employee work during this notice period or pay them in lieu of notice. In addition to notice, the employee will be entitled to be paid any accrued and untaken annual leave and any long service leave which they are entitled.

If you would like further information in relation to these questions or any other workplace enquiry, please contact the WR team on 8291 2000 or click here.