Below is a list of useful industry web links and sources for further information on various workplace-related matters.
Have you visited the new Fair Work Ombudsman small business resource website?
This is a great resource and reference point for all aspects of workplace rights and obligations including:
Other useful links:
The two independent regulating bodies of Australia's workplaces are the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Fair Work Commission (previously called Fair Work Australia)
Both have different roles as outlined below.
The Fair Work Ombudsman enforces compliance with the Fair Work Act 2009, related legislation, awards and registered agreements. They also help employers and employees by providing advice and education on pay rates and workplace conditions.
The Fair Work Commission is the independent national workplace relations tribunal. It is responsible for maintaining a safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions, as well as a range of other workplace functions and regulation.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is responsible for the National Employment Standards (NES)
The National Employment Standards are 10 minimum conditions for ALL Australian employees. Together with the national minimum wage, they are a minimum safety net for employees.
They include minimum entitlements for leave, public holidays, notice of termination and redundancy pay. The NES does not deal with basic rates of pay and casual loadings, these are instead contained in modern awards.
The NES deals with 10 minimum conditions including;
Generally, the NES apply to all employees covered by the national system, including those to whom a workplace agreement made under the former legislation or enterprise agreement made under the Fair Work act applies.
Modern awards are able to supplement the NES in a limited number of circumstances specified in the NES, for example, to allow averaging of hours of work over a specified period. Otherwise, all of the provisions in the NES must be complied with.
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Along with the NES enterprise agreements, modern awards contain minimum entitlements for wages and conditions of employment.
Most enterprise agreements include:
Enterprise agreements cannot include unlawful content (such as discriminatory or objectionable terms).
If you are not covered by an agreement, your minimum wages and conditions are likely to be set by a modern award.
The modern award will deal with:
For more information visit: fairwork.gov.au/awards-and-agreements
Employment can end for a variety of reasons. An employee may resign or can be dismissed. It is very important to know and apply the rules about dismissal, notice and final pay.
In Australia, dismissal is covered but the Fair Work Act and the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code.
The Small Business Fair Dismissal Code applies to small business employers in the national workplace relations system. A small business is defined as any business with fewer than 15 employees. This is calculated on a headcount of all employees who are employed on a regular and systematic basis. For details including the code and checklist visit: fwc.gov.au/about-us/legislation-regulations/small-business-fair-dismissal-code
The Fair Work Act covers workplaces with over 15 employees. fairwork.gov.au/about-us/legislation
Ending employment information for employers and employees can be found on the Fair Work Ombudsman website at: fairwork.gov.au/ending-employment
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