Deadline ‘looming’ for employers to comply with FWA

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Deadline ‘looming’ for employers to comply with FWA

Employers have been urged to get their work policies and practices updated to comply with the new Fair Work Act because the deadline is ‘looming’

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Employers have been urged to get their work policies and practices updated to comply with the new Fair Work Act because the deadline is ‘looming’.
 
The managing director of the Human Resources Centre, Katherine Graham, said there is little more than three months until deadline but many businesses are still unprepared and should ‘get to work, now’ on transitioning to the new employment framework.
 
Manage changes
 
She said that by 1 January 2010, all Australian businesses will need to be compliant and prepared to manage the changes and challenges of the country’s new industrial relations laws, including:
  • National Employment Standards, a set of minimum conditions for all Australians, which provides for more flexible working arrangements and more generous severance conditions
  • Modern Awards, which will affect pay scales and employment terms and conditions such as leave entitlements
  • Unfair dismal laws, which will now only exempt businesses with fewer than 15 staff, compared to fewer than 100 staff under the previous system.
 
Graham said the changes under the Fair Work Act 2009 are not complicated, but they are time-consuming to interpret and implement.
 
‘Not getting it right from the outset means more time and money spent backdating correct awards and conditions,’ she said.
 
A lot of work
 
‘For example, businesses need to get their job classifications right, they need to update employment agreements and work practices in line with the new penalty rates, they need to ensure their policies support these new Fair Work guidelines and they need to communicate to staff, in writing, any changes to their employment provisions.'
 
‘There’s a lot of work do be done between now and 1 January, and it can be a challenge because not only do businesses need to fully understand, implement and manage these new workplace conditions, but they also need to do it while keeping up their standards of running a business, day to day.’
 
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