From the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022 the new clauses 20.3 Laundering of clothing other than uniforms and 20.4 Repair and replacement of clothing other than uniforms will be operative for your employees. These provisions have arisen from union claims relating to clothing of employees (not a uniform) becoming damaged when they are at work.

New clause 20.3 provides a laundry allowance ($0.32 per shift) to employees who have their clothing (other than a uniform) soiled in the course of the performance of their duties. This allowance is payable if:

  • As soon as reasonably practicable the employee provides notice of the soiling and, if requested, evidence that would satisfy a reasonable person of the soiling and/or how it occurred; and

  • At the time the clothing was soiled the employee had complied with any reasonable requirement of the employer in relation to the wearing of personal protective equipment either provided or paid for by the employer in accordance with clause 20.2(d).

New clause 20.4 has provisions to reimburse an employee who has clothing that is soiled or damaged (excluding normal wear and tear) in the course of the performance of their duties, to the extent that its repair or replacement is necessary. This clause will not apply where an employee is permitted or required to wear a uniform supplied by the employer or is otherwise entitled to any payment under clause 20.2.

The employer must reimburse the employee for the reasonable cost incurred in repairing or replacing the clothing with a substitute item, provided that:

        (i) As soon as reasonably practicable the employee provides notice of the soiling or damage and, if requested, evidence that would satisfy a reasonable person of the soiling or damage, how it occurred, and the reasonable repair or replacement costs;

        (ii) At the time the clothing was soiled or damaged the employee had complied with any reasonable requirement of the employer in relation to the wearing of personal protective equipment either provided or paid for by the employer in accordance with clause 20.2(d); and

        (iii) The damage or soiling of an employee’s clothes is not caused by the negligence of the employee.