Inquiries and proposed legislation — employment issues

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Inquiries and proposed legislation — employment issues

Annual leave payments on termination debate; Inquiry into ‘sham contracting’ in construction Industry; Senate Report on Industry Skills Councils; TEQSA Bill; Inquiry into Social Security Legislation Amendment (Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2011.

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Annual leave payments on termination debate; Inquiry into ‘sham contracting’ in construction Industry; Senate Report on Industry Skills Councils; TEQSA Bill; Inquiry into Social Security Legislation Amendment (Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2011.
 
Annual leave payments on termination debate
 
Employer groups have been in further discussion with DEEWR about the FWO’s interpretation of the NES obligation to make payment of outstanding annual leave entitlements on termination.
 
The employers’ preferred position is that ‘it wants the entitlement clarified’, either through an amendment to the Fair Work or to the regulations, to preserve the provisions contained in some awards that reflect long standing positions about how these entitlements should apply. The Department has advised in response that it is still considering its position.
 
For background, see:
 
Inquiry into ‘sham contracting’ in construction Industry
 
The Australian Building and Construction Commissioner, Mr Leigh Johns, is conducting a public inquiry into alleged ‘sham contracting’ in the building and construction industry.
 
A Discussion Paper was released on 22 December 2010 inviting submissions to be made through an online process.
 
Roundtables are being held in March and April by a panel of invited guests with specific expertise in workplace relations or the building and construction industry. ACCI will be participating in the Melbourne Roundtable on 4 April. Information about the inquiry can be found here.
 
See background:
 
Senate Report on Industry Skills Councils
 
The Senate Report on Industry Skills Councils is now available. It outlines 10 recommendations resulting from its inquiry into the role, effectiveness and processes of Industry Skills Councils.
 
 
TEQSA Bill
 
TEQSA legislation has been introduced into Parliament. On 24 March 2011, the Senate referred the provisions of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Bill 2011 (the Bill) and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011 to the Senate Standing Legislation Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for report by 10 May 2011.
 
The Bill would establish TEQSA as a new national regulatory and quality assurance mechanism for Australian higher education. TEQSA would combine regulatory activity currently undertaken by states and territories with quality assurance activity performed by the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), reducing the number of federal, state and territory regulatory and quality assurance bodies from nine to one.
 
The closing date for submissions is 13 April.
 
 
Inquiry into Social Security Legislation Amendment (Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2011
 
On 24 March 2011, the Selection Committee asked the Committee to inquire into and report on the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2011.
 
The Committee invited interested persons and organisations to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Friday, 8 April 2011.
 
The terms of reference are the text of the Bill. To access the Bill, together with the Explanatory Memorandum and Minister’s second reading speech, click here.
 
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