Qld IR reforms passed by Parliament, FWC lecture


Qld IR reforms passed by Parliament, FWC lecture

Qld IR reforms passed by Parliament | Fair Work Commission Workplace Relations Lecture Series


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Qld IR reforms passed by Parliament

The Queensland Government has passed legislation to align public sector awards and agreements with the federal system.
    • new ‘Queensland Employment Standards’ providing employment minimums for employees
    • fewer, ‘simpler’ awards with specifications on what matters can or cannot be included
    • streamlined enterprise-bargaining — with certified agreements extended from three to four years’ duration in line with federal modern Awards
    • voluntary individual employment contracts for highly-paid senior employees, defined as those with remuneration exceeding $129,300 pa
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said when the legislation was introduced: ‘There are more than 100 industrial awards and agreements covering state government employees, which have created an administrative nightmare, stifled innovation and impeded service delivery.’

The Queensland Employment Standards cover annual leave, sick leave, family leave and long service leave based on existing state and federal provisions.
Debate on the legislation was protracted and subject to sustained opposition from the Labor Opposition.
Most of the Act’s provisions commence on 1 December 2013.
Further information is available on the Public Service Commission website.

FWC Workplace Relations Lecture Series
The fourth lecture in the Fair Work Commission’s Workplace Relations Lecture Series — a collaboration with the Centre of Employment & Labour Relations Law at the Melbourne Law School — will be held on Friday, 6 December 2013.
The series is comprised of free public lectures by researchers, judicial officers and others working in the field of workplace relations both in Australia and overseas.
The fourth lecture will be presented by Associate Professors Anthony Forsyth and John Howe and will discuss their research about ‘The Fair Work Commission’s Role in the Enterprise Bargaining Process’.
Date: Friday, 6 December 2013
Time: 1 pm – 2 pm (a light lunch will be available from 12.45 pm)
RSVP: by 29 November 2013
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