AWA notice changes will allow for quick starts by employees, says HIA

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AWA notice changes will allow for quick starts by employees, says HIA

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has welcomed changes to WorkChoices that allow workers to waive the seven day notice period for signing AWAs.

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The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has welcomed changes to WorkChoices that allow workers to waive the seven day notice period for signing AWAs.

HIA Managing Director, Ron Silberberg, said that with skills shortages biting in the industry, 'when a new apprentice is ready to start immediately it is in nobody's interests to force them to wait seven days for the paperwork'.

'Our small business members and their employees will particularly welcome the ability for the employee to elect to cash out a portion of their sick leave entitlement,' he said. 'This provides an effective way for small business to manage leave balances and reward staff for exemplary attendance.'

Contractors 'freed up' by contractors legislation

The HIA has also expressed support for the Government's Independent Contractors Bill.

'This Bill helps protect independent contractors from the unwarranted interference of unions and over-zealous regulators seeking to extend complex and archaic State industrial relations laws to truly commercial arrangements,' Silberberg said. 'It is an important advance in protecting the status of contractors and the right of Australians to establish and grow legitimate small businesses. It has HIA's full support.'

Silberberg said amendments to the Bill, introduced in the Senate yesterday, make clear that contractor arrangements will be treated like all other commercial arrangements when determining whether they are unfair, and will only be regarded as 'sham' arrangements if entered into knowingly or recklessly.

Balance

'With these improvements, the Bill strikes a suitable balance between the legitimate rights of contractors to trade as commercial entities and the protection of true employees,' he said. 'Whether you are one of the thousands of trade contractors enjoying the benefits of being your own boss, or an employee on flexible working arrangements under a WorkChoices AWA, your work and lifestyle aspirations will be appropriately protected under Commonwealth laws.'

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