WorkChoices get assent, redundancy and Fair Pay provisions now in place

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WorkChoices get assent, redundancy and Fair Pay provisions now in place

The Federal Government’s WorkChoices IR legislation has received Royal Assent on 15 December, giving small businesses with fewer than 15 employees immediate exemption from redundancy payouts and setting up the Fair Pay Commission.

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The Federal Government’s WorkChoices IR legislation has received Royal Assent on 15 December, giving small businesses with fewer than 15 employees immediate exemption from redundancy payouts and setting up the Fair Pay Commission.

Immediate impact

New provisions for school based apprentices and trainees are also introduced immediately by filling any gaps in relevant federal and state awards to allow for this type of training.

A Government statement said redundancy pay obligations contained in an award made before the AIRC’s decision on 26 March, 2004, which set a new standard for such payments, are not affected.

The Minister for Workplace Relations, Kevin Andrews, said the wage rates established by these provisions are the current rates for school based trainees under the National Training Wage Award or, for school based apprentices, the same formula that has previously been approved by the Full bench of the AIRC.

He said the bulk of the WorkChoices Act will be proclaimed in March 2006.

Welfare to Work - some parts in effect

Elements of the Government’s Welfare to Work reform will also come into immediate effect while the rest of the Act will be proclaimed in July 2006.

Andrews said these elements are the RapidConnect arrangements which will speedily engage job seekers with employment services.

The Telephone Allowance will also be extended to sole parents and people with disabilities with partial work requirements.

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