Special award provisions for small businesses?

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Special award provisions for small businesses?

All modern awards should have a separate schedule for small businesses employing less than five workers, according to a proposal from the NSW Business Chamber.

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All modern awards should have a separate schedule for small businesses employing less than five workers, according to a proposal from the NSW Business Chamber and its registered industrial organisation, Australian Business Industrial.

The Chamber’s CEO, Stephen Cartwright, says small businesses find it difficult to understand the “complicated and onerous award provisions” and its proposal would “allow greater flexibility for micro businesses”.

The proposed schedule would provide:
  1. A simplified classification structure
  2. Regular, fixed starting and finishing times for non-casual employees, variable by agreement or with seven days’ notice, able to be worked over six days in a week provided there are at least eight non-worked days in a 28 day cycle
  3. Employees not to be required to work for more than five hours without an unpaid break of at least 30 minutes
  4. Overtime is payable after the 38 hours average (or agreed part-time hours) in a week at 150% for the first three hours and 200% thereafter. In the case of a part-time employee extra hours between the agreed hours and 38 hours average can attract the ordinary time rate if by agreement and also within the business’ ordinary hours of business.
“When it comes to modern awards, one size does not fit all,” Cartwright said.

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