New ir bill for queensland

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New ir bill for queensland

Providing the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission with greater powers to resolve industrial disputes is just one of the features of a Bill to amend the IR laws in Queensland.

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Providing the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission with greater powers to resolve industrial disputes is just one of the features of a Bill to amend the IR laws in Queensland.

The Bill places greater emphasis on the early resolution of disputes by providing the Commission with stronger arbitration powers to resolve industrial disputes. Further, the proposed amendments will enable the Commission to provide assistance to parties when bargaining for agreements.

Other changes proposed by the Bill include:

  • a mandatory three month probationary period
  • a focus on industrial conciliation, particularly through a proposed 21 day peace obligation period that encourages parties to negotiate rather than take industrial action as a first step;
  • extending the right to sick leave, family leave, annual leave and long service leave to all workers;
  • extending the right to unpaid maternity leave to long-term casual employees;
  • using awards to set wages and conditions rather than acting as a minimum safety net of conditions;
  • award reviews will be conducted at least every three years;
  • streamlining of provisions relating to the Commission's ability to deal with unfair dismissal claims;
  • protection of employee entitlements when a business is sold;
  • outworkers are to be 'deemed' employees for the purposes of the Act; and
  • freedom of association provisions to allow people to choose whether or not to join an industrial organisation without fear of discrimination.

It is expected that the new legislation will be in place by the middle of the year.

 
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