Your questions answered: Are casual employees entitled to overtime rates?

By Portner Press on March 5th, 2020
  1. Industrial Instruments
  2. Fair Work Act


We have several casual employees who have been employed on a set hourly rate (no mention of overtime in their letters of offer) to work approximately 38 hours per week.

Over the last couple of weeks this has blown out to be around 55 hours per week.

Are we required to pay overtime rates after a certain number of hours, or is it ok to pay all hours at the original agreed rate?


You should refer to the terms of the applicable modern award/enterprise agreement.

Overtime rates will generally apply under award for any work performed in addition to ordinary hours as defined in the award. More information can be found here:

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