Based on the award your employees cant work more than 38 hours in a week; 76hours in a fortnight; 152 hours in a month before attracting overtime.
As an employer who pays weekly is there flexibility to work 38 hours in less than one week? Yes, but there are rules that apply.
Let us give you an example in the case of the Restaurant Award which has a minimum of six rulings on this very clause. Each industry award will differ.
Example taken from the ‘Restaurant Award’ (MA000019)
1) A minimum of six hours and a maximum of 11 and half hours may be worked on any one day. The daily minimum and maximum hours are exclusive of meal break intervals.
2) An employee cannot be rostered to work for more than 10 hours per day on more than three consecutive days without a break of at least 48 hours;
3) No more than eight days of more than 10 hours may be worked in a four week period;
4) An employee must be given a minimum break of 10 hours between the finish of ordinary hours of work on one day and the commencement of ordinary hours of work on the next day. In the case of a changeover of rosters the minimum break must be eight hours;
5) An employee must be given a minimum of eight full days off per four week period; or
6) An employee under the age of 18 years must not be required to work more than 10 hours in a shift.
This is just one clause, under one award. There are many considerations and variations under the awards for a reason. Also the ordinary hours of work is another clause to be mindful of as the start and finish times can draw penalty rates. Dont try to do this on your own.