Small businesses are not exempt from employment law standards
In a recent decision, the Fair Work Commission considered an employee who was dismissed after refusing to work an overtime shift. The applicant had worked as an apprentice painter at the respondent since July 2017. His apprenticeship contract required that he work 38 hours each week, and he had no contractual obligation to perform any additional hours, including weekends. When the applicant commenced employment, he agreed to work for a flat rate of pay and consequently did not receive any overtime rates.