Small business wants more flexible awards

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Small business wants more flexible awards

The Fair Work Commission will rule on an application by employer bodies that would provide more flexible modern awards for small businesses, including exemptions from ‘unnecessary red tape and prescriptive rules’.

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The Fair Work Commission will rule on an application by employer bodies that would provide more flexible modern awards for small businesses, including exemptions from ‘unnecessary red tape and prescriptive rules’.

Three-quarters of modern awards would be affected.

The FWC is accepting submissions up to 2 November 2015 at amod@fwc.gov.au
 
Australian Business Industrial (ABI), the industrially registered arm of the NSW Business Chamber, and other employer groups are seeking changes to modern awards that will apply to small businesses only. The emphasis would be on simplicity, clarity and appropriateness for the circumstances of small businesses and their employees.

Currently, in addition to the FWC inquiry, the Productivity Commission is conducting a review of the workplace relations framework in Australia. A draft report was released earlier this year. 

Some of the recommendations in the draft report were changes to unfair dismissal, a new form of agreement – an “enterprise contract”, a shake-up of the Fair Work Commission and reduced penalty rates for hospitality and retail workers.

The Productivity Commission is to make final findings in November 2015.
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