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Builders warned

CONSTRUCTION workers must be paid on April 16 in lieu of Good Friday falling two days later to meet award conditions, according to the Master Builders Association.

However, MBA director Michael McLean said building industry awards allowed for alternative mutual arrangements between employers and employees.

The arrangement also applies to Anzac Day, which falls on the following Friday, meaning workers need to be paid on April 23.

Employees working on any public holiday must be paid double time and a half and must be given at least four hours work or paid for four hours at the appropriate rate. They must be paid for the public holiday on the working day either immediately before or after the public holiday unless they are absent with the permission of the employer or for “reasonable cause”.

Mr McLean said that businesses using Australian Workplace Agreements or a registered Enterprise Bargaining Agreement needed to check the relevant terms governing work performed on a public holiday.

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