IR news - practical issues and IR reforms

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IR news - practical issues and IR reforms

Some recent IR news: longer term enterprise agreements being used to counter-attack Howard reforms; practical information on AWAs is on the Office of Employment Advocate's website; and NSW IR department inspections of employers' businesses and more.

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Some recent IR news: longer term enterprise agreements being used to counter-attack Howard reforms; practical information on AWAs is on the Office of Employment Advocate's website; and NSW IR department inspections of employers' businesses and more.

Longer term enterprise agreements - counter-attack against Howard reforms

An unanswered question relating to the introduction of the Federal IR reforms is 'what will happen to enterprise agreements that are on foot when the new laws commence?'

As the parties have agreed to be legally bound for the term of agreements, it would seem that the agreements would persist until they expire.

In that light, some unions are seeking longer term agreements to possibly extend to the end of the term of the current Federal Government and beyond. The hope from the unions angle is that the Coalition will be defeated in the next election and so the reforms would be stymied.

Unfair dismissals too

Unions are also seeking unofficial guarantees from employers to continue to honour a form of unfair dismissal regime.

Unions could attempt to use the dispute settlement procedure of the industrial relations legislation to pursue unfair dismissals claims. See: Circumventing abolition of unfair dismissals? - Disciplinary procedures in agreements

Information on AWAs

The Office of the Employment Advocate provides a sample of 100 AWAs on its site. The Office also provides information on practical assistance regarding AWAs. Material available includes:

  • Framework agreements
  • Small Business Template
  • OEA AWA Templates

NSW IR department on inspections and more

The NSW Office of Industrial Relations has useful information on its site - including where upcoming inspections will be conducted by departmental inspectors. Also included in the latest 'Your Workplace Online' are:

  • State wage case increases passed on
  • Industrial relations reform under spotlight at IR conference
  • New study on young workers
  • Money Stuff launch
  • New and revised fees in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission
  • New salary cap for award-free employees in unfair dismissals
  • Behind the Label graduation
  • OIR Sydney Industrial Relations Centre near Central Station
  • New publications

Related

See revised page on Federal IR changes 2005

 

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