Working Before or After your shift

July 3, 2024 News Our Resources

Working a few extra minutes before or after your shift may not seem like much, but it quickly adds up over time.

What happens if I am being asked to stay back or come in early?

If you are being asked to stay back or come into work early. then you must be paid for all time worked – no exceptions.

It is unlawful for you to perform this additional work without being paid.

It should never be an expectation that you must come in early or stay back without payment to complete work duties.

What should I be paid?

You should be paid either your ordinary rate of pay (including applicable penalties) or overtime (dependant on your circumstances).

However, your employer can make a lawful request for you to work overtime – so long as it is reasonable, and you are being paid, Whether a request is reasonable is dependent on your personal circumstances, amount of notice provided, and you roles and responsibilities.

Some other ways that wage theft can occur:

  • Working through your rest or meal breaks;
  • Completing compulsory training modules at home;
  • Not being paid the overtime rate for instances of overtime;
  • Being told to clock off but then return to work.

The SDA is here to help
You have the right to raise and pursue any underpayment claim.

The SDA is here to assist you with pursuing these claims. We are also working to stamp out unpaid work in the retail, fast food and distribution industries.

If you think you are being underpaid, you should contact the SDA as soon as possible for assistance on 07 3833 9500.