Lots of discussion this week in the news about Sunday penalty rates being altered to be the same as the Saturday rates. Depending who you talk to, it is bad or good. As an employer, I'll always say it's bad because it is an extra cost that eats into profits and ultimately means less staff employed, or less hours available for more staff. So, less folks can get access to work they would probably be happy to do - albeit at a reduced rate (but still better than normal rate). In a world where jobs are disappearing, this would be a good compromise. However, when you talk to the anti-change crowd, their view is their rights are being eroded, and the argument is that many existing employees won't do the work for a reduction in pay rate. That's fair enough too....noone likes to see their hourly rate reduced. In the case of nursing (my wife is one) many nurses will still do those hours despite a change of rate, but many won't, so for that industry it is a problem looming - less staff; less beds available. In the case of the hospitality industry, many restaurants are already closing on that day due to higher costs. Some have argued that if they were open they would be busier and hence would make more money. This is the perception, but not necessarily how it works. If it was true, then those restaurants/cafes that are closed wouldn't be closed. My view is; leave the rates as they are, and let the business in question decide how they approach it. Stay open and charge a surcharge or not as they deem acceptable, or close.