Reduce Stress With Deputy’s Award Interpretation

by Deputy Team, 3 minutes read
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It feels good to get your schedule sorted – you have all the right people, exactly where you need them, to cover everything your customers can throw at you in a busy week or month.

But for many of our customers, the job doesn’t end there. Figuring out how much the schedule costs is another daunting task, due to myriad rules around minimum rates, base rates, penalty rates, overtime, breaks, night shifts, allowances, weekends, public holidays… you get the picture.

If this sounds like you, you’ll be delighted to know that we have shipped a new feature to make your life much easier.

Our built-in award interpretation engine can be tailored to your business and will boost your scheduling up a notch.

Here’s how.

Accurate Costing – no more manual calculations!

If you’re like most of us, you sneer at having to calculate costs manually. Using Excel formulas is now a thing of the past!

With the new built-in award interpretation, Deputy will provide you real-time cost calculations while you schedule your staff. You’ll know exactly how much you’re spending on wages each week and have an accurate representation of your wages vs. sales ratio.

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Minimal research – we do the heavy lifting!

Take the guesswork out of your penalty and overtime rate calculations. Deputy will do all the heavy lifting for your additional rates – all you have to do is enter your employee’s base rate.


Our built in multipliers make it easier for you to stay on top of your staff’s wages. Do you employ full-time or casual staff? Not a problem, Deputy is right by your side. We’ve built this right into the product and we’re happy to adjust these calculations to suit your needs.

Compliance with employment legislation – wherever you are Deputy’s got you covered

No matter where you are our award interpretation rules are compliant with your jurisdiction. We understand the compliance burdens so we’re here to lend a hand.


In Australia, we’ve pre-loaded the Hospitality Industry General Award (HIGA), Restaurant Industry Award (RIA), Fast Food Industry Award (FFIA) and the General Retail Industry Award (GRIA) for all your full-time, part-time and casual staff. There will be more to come and we will be rolling them out gradually.


In USA we’ve rolled out a template for pay rates compliant with the California Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


We’ve also implemented a template for overtime in Canada so if your staff work over 44 hours they will be paid 1.5x overtime.

We have a considerable library of pay rules already available, and can easily build new ones. The chances are that whatever your requirements, we can cater to you. Feel free to ask us to build a template for your award or custom pay conditions – just submit this simple form, and we’ll turn it around for you in no time.