Policies compared and bonuses for unemployed


Policies compared and bonuses for unemployed

Workplace relations election policies compared | Bonuses to unemployed to find — and keep — a job


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Workplace relations election policies compared
Leading legal firm Ashurst has collated a summary of the workplace relations election policies of the major parties, placing these alongside the recommendations of the Fair Work Review Panel.
The summary sets out the positions of the Labor party, the Coalition and the Greens in relation to the following issues:
    • anti-bullying
    • adverse action
    • bargaining and industrial action
    • family friendly measures
    • paid parental leave
    • superannuation
    • unfair dismissal
    • right of entry
    • individual flexibility agreements
    • pecuniary penalties for small business employers
    • construction industry
    • road safety
    • independent contractors
    • registered organisations
    • anti-discrimination
    • foreign workers
    • other issues (eg recommendations of the Fair Work Review Panel and various Greens policies)

Bonuses to unemployed to find — and keep — a job

The Coalition today released its Employment Participation, which it says will provide targeted measures to help get people off welfare and into work. New initiatives include:
1  Job commitment bonuses: young, long-term unemployed people will be eligible to receive up to $6500 in bonuses. Australians aged 18 to 30 who have been unemployed for 12 months or more and who are on Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance will receive a $2500 Job Commitment Bonus if they get a job and do not access unemployment benefits for a continuous period of 12 months. A further bonus of $4000 will be payable if they remain employed and not receiving unemployment benefits for a continuous period of 24 months.

The bonus payments will be managed by Centrelink and will be paid directly to the employee at the end of the 12 and 24 month qualifying periods, upon suitable confirmation that their employment has been ongoing.

2  Relocation assistance: financial assistance of up to $6000 will be provided for long-term unemployed jobseekers if they move to a regional area to take up a job; or, $3000 if they move to a metropolitan area. Families with dependent children will be provided with an extra $3000. The relocation assistance will only be available to long-term unemployed jobseekers who have been on Newstart or Youth Allowance for more than 12 months. People relocating between capital cities or within capital cities will not be eligible for the payment.
Jobseekers who do not remain in the job they have accepted for a period of at least six months will be subject to a six-month waiting period before they are able to receive any further benefits, unless reasonable grounds for job separation can be demonstrated.
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