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Award Setup – Block Times for Ordinary Hours of Work

Fair Work Modern Awards and some Agreements stipulate Ordinary Hours of Work within a spread of hours (Block Times or start and finish times), Maximum daily hours (Normal Hours) and Period Hours (hours within a period).

The release of Wagemaster V7.2.0.8154 allows for configuration of each of these within a single Block Times Award.

In Block Times Awards, Normal hours option has been added, allowing for the set up of a maximum number of normal hours within a spread of hours. With this setup, if the Normal hours are exceeded, overtime will be paid (if set up).

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For example, the General Retail Industry Award stipulates Ordinary Hours of work as follows:

27.2 Ordinary hours

(a) Except as provided in clause 27.2(b), ordinary hours may be worked, within the following spread of hours: 

Days Spread of hours
Monday to Friday, inclusive 7.00 am- 9.00 pm
Saturday  7.00 am- 6.00 pm
Sunday 7.00 am- 6.00 pm

27.3 Maximum ordinary hours on a day

(a) An employee may be rostered to work up to a maximum of nine ordinary hours on any day, provided that for one day per week an employee can be rostered for 11 hours. 

28.1 A full-time employee will be rostered for an average of 38 hours per week, worked in any of the following forms or by agreement over a longer period. 

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Would be set up in Sage Wagemaster as follows:

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In instances where hours worked in a day exceed 9, overtime is paid. Also, if hours worked in a day fall outside of the spread of hours (i.e. on a Monday, outside 7:00 – 21:00), but within the Normal hours (9hrs), then overtime would be paid. And if the total hours worked exceeds 38 hours in the week, then Period Overtime would be paid.

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