FAMILY TIME LOST: Beau, Aimee and Marlowe Lacy.
FAMILY TIME LOST: Beau, Aimee and Marlowe Lacy.

Recommendations could see workers lose Sunday penalties

ENTERTAINMENT, retail and hospitality staffers will lose double time penalty rates on Sundays if Productivity Commission recommendations are implemented.

Yesterday the government body recommended dropping the penalty rate to time and a half, in line with Saturday penalty rates.

Mackay mother Aimee Lacy, who worked in retail before her child's birth, said the change could make finances harder when she returns to work.

"Sunday's normally the day that you spend with your family and when you work you don't get that time," she said.

"It was good, the Sunday rate, it really boosts your pay up."

Mrs Lacy's husband Beau works in hospitality.

Oscars on Sydney cafe owner Danielle Bankie said the penalty rate drop could make things easier on small businesses.

"It's very difficult... when you have to pay your staff that much you need to have a fairly large turnover on those days to make it viable," she said.

Ms Bankie said a drop could potentially make it harder to "get people interested in working on Sundays".

"We're fairly lucky with our staff, but you get the odd weekend (where it's difficult)," she said.


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