25 Mar Nauseous Work Allowance
Nauseous Work Allowance 2011
Pinnacle HR has sought legal support regarding the Nauseous Work Allowance specified in the Modern Federal Aged Care Award 2010.
CEA Human Resources and Consulting has sought legal support regarding the Nauseous Work Allowance
(Clause 15.5) specified in the Modern Federal Aged Care Award 2010. The legal support is outlined as follows:
Employees Who Qualify for the Allowance:
There are two categories of employee who qualify for payment of a Nauseous Work Allowance, namely:
- Any employee, regardless of their classification, who is required to handle linen of a nauseous nature (excluding linen which is sealed in an airtight container), and/or
- Any employee who is required to perform work which is unusually dirty or offensive having regard to the duties which are normally performed by workers in that employee’s classification.
EXAMPLES – eligible for payment
- The amount will be payable whenever an employee is required to handle sheets, towels bedding or other napery which is unusually soiled or sickening.
- The allowance will be payable regardless of whether or not the employee is normally required to handle such linen as part of his or her job duties.
- Employees who assist residents with toileting where it is not part of their classification and they do not normally perform such duties.
- A personal carer would be entitled to the allowance if they are required to clean bed pans and if cleaning bed pans is not a task that would normally be performed by these employees.
EXAMPLES – NOT eligible for payment
- This would mean that a direct care worker would not be entitled to receive a Nauseous Work
- Allowance for assisting residents with toileting (because it is part of their usual work).
- No allowance is payable where nauseous linen is stored in an airtight container.
- A junior personal care worker is not entitled to the allowance for assisting residents with toileting because that is part of the duties normally associated with their work.
- A cleaner would not be entitled to the allowance for cleaning bed pans, if it would be considered a part of their normal duties
QUANTUM OF THE ALLOWANCE
1. Minimum amount of $1.95 (0.27% of the standard rate) for work of a nauseous nature performed in any week, or
2. $0.36 per hour or part thereof (0.05% of the standard rate) to an employee of any classification for work of a nauseous nature performed in any hour.
An employee will be paid the higher of the two rates, e.g. an employee performing work of a nauseous nature for 2 hours will receive $1.95 while an employee performing work of a nauseous nature for 10 hours will receive $3.60.
STRATEGIES FOR RECORDING & MANAGING PAYMENT
Administratively managing and recording has the potential to become extremely difficult and time consuming. If you would like to discuss the options to assist with recording and managing payment of this allowance contact one of our Consultants.
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