Episode 14 of the IR Simplified podcast goes into what shouldn't be in an enterprise agreement. A previous article written about the charter of workplace delegate's rights From the FWC regarding unlawful content Other articles that I have written regarding Enterprise Agreements are: Read More
This is episode 2 of the series on Enterprise Agreements. In this episode I talk about the sending out of the Notice Of Employee Representational Rights you can find a copy here. I also go into why I think getting a draft agreement signed off is one of the most important things a business must do during the bargaining period. Other articles that I have written regarding Enterprise Agreements are: Enterprise Agreements. What Are They? Planning Your First Enterprise Agreement Negotiating Your Enterprise Agreement Read More
Penalty rates. If you believe business and industry groups, they are restricting employment, holding the economy back, and are responsible for businesses closing their doors on weekend and public holidays. Are they really the big bad evil that they are claimed to be, or do businesses deal with worse things? If they aren't that bad, what can be done to manage them?
About Penalty RatesSomething that seems to be forgotten or overlooked in the propaganda battle is that penalty rates are a penalty imposed on a business for doing a particular task that is outside of normal operations. This could be working on weekends, working overnight, working in the rain, or even in extreme heat or cold.
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There is a never ending battle for supremacy in industrial relations in Australia. On one side of the battle ground you have the employer associations screaming at the government that Australia's restrictive workplace legislation is killing productivity, blowing out wages, and restricting growth. They also claim that the current Right of Entry provisions give the unions virtually unrestricted access to their business. On the other side are the employee groups, or trade unions, and they are screaming the opposite. The legislation doesn't go far enough to protect employees from unscrupulous employers or enshrine job security. And that the Right of Entry provisions are too restrictive and don't allow permit holders quick access to workplaces to protect members when things go bad. Both sides claim that only by joining their organisation will you be able to protect yourself from the evil that will soon come. And yet throughout all of this, the poor business owner/manager and employee are quickly forgotten. The reality is that they are nothing more than pawns in a popularity contest to see who holds the most influence with the government of the day.
Members Are Being Lied ToThe cold hard truth of the matter is that both employer and employee groups don't want their respective potential and current members to be able to solve their IR problems themselves, because if they did, they would soon realise that there is no point in staying a member. Whilst they do provide a 'service' to their members in the form of a contact line to seek advice on their IR related issue. Actual advice on how to prevent it happening again is scarce or vague at best. Both sides tell their respective members and future members, that Australia's employment legislation is extremely complex, and it is only with their expert help that the average person will be able to understand it. Read More
After giving is some serious thought and more than a little bit of prior planning, you have decided that an Enterprise Agreement will be a good thing for the future growth of your business. What's got you confused is how you make it happen. Do you just give your staff an agreement that you prepared earlier and wait for a yay or nay from them? Or, do you give them a blank sheet of paper and get them to write down their wish list, picking and choosing what you want to put into it? Whilst the process of negotiating an enterprise agreement is relatively easy, there are certain things that need to be done, and in the right order, otherwise you may have some explaining to do when you seek approval from the Fair Work Commission.
Notice Of Employee Representational Rights.Before you can start bargaining for the enterprise agreement, you need to let your staff know that it is happening. This is where the Notice of Employee Representational Rights comes in. Schedule 2.1 of the Fair Work Regulations 2009 specifies the content that the notice should have. It is also worth noting that the notice of employee representational rights should be just that, and not have anything else attached to it, either in the email notification or when/if the notice is placed on a notice board.[GARD] Read More
Do You Really Need One?
Modern Awards v Enterprise AgreementsRead More
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