They are often touted as one of the beneficial parts of Australia’s Fair Work legislation.
When done right, they can help improve the bottom line of a business.
The Coles and H & M enterprise agreement decisions what can happen when a business gets them wrong.
With the H & M rejection still fresh in our minds, here are a few lessons that we should learn from them.
Make Sure The Application Filled Out Correctly
I keep reading that industrial relations in Australia is scary, complex and confusing.
I do not believe that to be the case. What you are about to read is the beginner’s guide to industrial relations in Australia.
Just like Ikea and Lego instructions, the Fair Work Act can be a little bit daunting the first time you look at it.
The trick to understanding it is to keep going. After time things will become easier, and it will start to make sense.
The Fair Work Act
The Fair Work Act is the main piece of legislation that everything else branches out from.
For those who came in late, the Fair Work Act 2009 replaced the Workplace Relations Act 1996.
This Fair Work Act did make things simpler for the business owner. It replaced the complex Federal and State award system with 122 new Modern Awards. (I will get to them later)
If it wasn’t for the Fair Work Act, we also wouldn’t have the following: (more…)
Making sure your staff are paid correctly is one of the most important things a business owner should do.
Yet, it appears to be an area that isn’t given the level of attention that it should.
One of the most popular reasons for this is that the often repeated line of, “it’s all too confusing”.
If you subscribe to that excuse, here are a few ways to make sure you are paying your staff right.
Screenshot of Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay And Conditions Tool
It comes as no surprise that the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay And Conditions Tool (P.A.C.T.) is on this list.
The P.A.C.T. helps both employers and employees check their relevant pay and conditions.
It even helps those employers who don’t know which Modern Award applies to them.
This browser-based tool is relatively easy to use, with only basic answers required. (more…)
There appears to be a lot of confusion among small business owners about the difference between an employee and an independent contractor.
There is a mistaken belief that if the person supplies an ABN and invoice that they are an independent contractor.
Sadly for those employers who have fallen for this, it is incorrect.
There may be instances where a legal determination is required. Though generally speaking, the following tests can be used to work out if they are an employee or not. (more…)
Episode 50: IR Simplified Podcast – Inappropriate Language
In this week’s episode of the IR Simplified podcast I talk about the following:
- Inappropriate language in the workplace, and how to deal with it.
- Whats been happening since the last podcast
- A reminder about the LinkedIn and Facebook groups.
- How you can be part of future episodes of the IR Simplified Podcast