Unpaid meal breaks for JMOs at HNELHD



After months of ASMOF pursuing, HNELHD has conceded that a number of their roster templates had not been set up correctly and that there were errors in relation to the payment of meal breaks for JMOs, which resulted in both overpayments and underpayments.

In reaching agreement to resolve, HNELHD will retrospectivity reimburse all JMOs underpaid since 9 April 2018 when Healthroster first commenced, and they will not seek to recover any overpayments which may have occurred during this period.

Notwithstanding the above, individual medical officers are permitted to request a review of their shifts – dating back to a maximum of 6 years consistent with the statute of limitations - if there is a genuine belief of an overall underpayment. However, should this request be made, the staff member must understand that there is real potential for an overpayment to be recovered based on the outcome of the audit. If you fall into this category, please contact the ASMOF office to discuss your matter.

We take this opportunity to remind all JMOs, consistent with clause 10 of the Public Hospital Medical Officers’ (State) Award, you are entitled to a paid meal break for shifts other than day shifts Monday to Friday. For day shifts Monday to Friday, an unpaid meal break continues to apply unless requested and required to work.