Calculating overtime pay for casual employees
Casual employees who work outside the span of ordinary hours prescribed by the applicable industrial instrument, or in excess of the maximum ordinary weekly hours, are entitled to the appropriate overtime penalty rate prescribed by the instrument. The instrument may also limit the number of ordinary hours an employee (including a casual employee) may work each day.
As a general rule in modern awards, where penalties apply, the penalties and the casual loading are both to be calculated on an employee’s ordinary time rate.
Where an industrial instrument provides for a span of ordinary hours, eg 6:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday inclusive, any work performed by a casual outside these hours is regarded as overtime and, therefore, not included in ordinary time earnings (used to calculate superannuation guarantee contributions).