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Awas are voluntary

The Employment Advocate has reminded employers that AWAs are voluntary (and cannot be forced upon an employee who does not wish to be party to an AWA) by instituting proceedings in the Federal Court against an employer in the leisure industry.

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The Employment Advocate has reminded employers that AWAs are voluntary (and cannot be forced upon an employee who does not wish to be party to an AWA) by instituting proceedings in the Federal Court against an employer in the leisure industry.

The Employment Advocate is seeking orders for reinstatement of the employee and for penalties against the employer and compensation for the employee. It is alleged that the employer failed to offer any work to a particular employee after the employee declined to sign an AWA.

The freedom of association provisions of the Workplace Relations Act 1996protect employees from being discriminated against on the ground that they are entitled to benefits under an award (noting that an award applied to the employee in this case).

 
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