As part of the Four Yearly Review of Modern Award, the Fair Work Commission has been considering the requirement of employees to work reasonable overtime. The clauses give employers the right to require that an employee work a reasonable amount of overtime.

Ai Group has been actively involved in these proceedings and has been successful in its arguments that reasonable overtime clauses should remain in those awards that contain these clauses, e.g. the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010.

On 29 October 2018, the Fair Work Commission determined the terms of a model clause however at this stage no awards have been varied to reflect the model clause.

If you would like more information about directing employees to work reasonable overtime please contact Ai Group’s Workplace Advice Service on 1300 55 66 77.

Alternatively, if you would like advice about employees refusing to work overtime or structuring of overtime arrangements please contact your local employment, workplace and industrial lawyer in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Adelaide, Melbourne or Brisbane or email Ai Group Workplace Lawyers at

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