WorkChoices changes fix some legal problems

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WorkChoices changes fix some legal problems

Amendments to the WorkChoices legislation passed by Parliament this week mean a 'handful' of legal problems or unintended consequences have been fixed, according to a leading employer group.

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Amendments to the WorkChoices legislation passed by Parliament this week mean a 'handful' of legal problems or unintended consequences have been fixed, according to a leading employer group.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) said uncertainties about the rate of payments for annual leave, personal leave and compassionate leave have been fixed, a temporary stand-down rule in the case of business operations being brought to a halt has been restored, and rules governing employee requests for cashing out personal leave are now fairer.

These reforms will generally come into effect on Royal Assent, however some of them will have retrospective operation.

Cut red tape

'Industry is also awaiting new regulations proposed by the government which will prevent extra red tape when it comes to keeping records of working hours,' said ACCI Chief Executive, Peter Hendy. 'These amendments, coupled with the High Court's decision of 14 November, will contribute to a smooth and effective implementation of WorkChoices and add certainty to the application of the new laws.'

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