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New IR laws and workplace agreements.

The first step in scrapping the previous government's WorkChoices legislation in favour of a fairer more balanced system of industrial relations industrial relations
pl.n.
Relations between the management of an industrial enterprise and its employees.


industrial relations
Noun, pl

the relations between management and workers
 commenced on 28 March 2008 with the passing of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Act 2008.

At the time most of the attention was on the abolition of Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs), a move applauded by the vast majority of the community. However the amendment also put in place other important changes to the federal workplace relations system, particularly in relation to the approval and operation of new workplace agreements.

New no-disadvantage test

A new no-disadvantage test applies to all workplace agreements made from 28 March 2008. This replaces the previously misnamed mis·name  
tr.v. mis·named, mis·nam·ing, mis·names
To call by a wrong name.


misnamed
Adjective

having an inappropriate or misleading name:
 "fairness test" that applied to agreements lodged from 7 May 2007.

The new no-disadvantage test (NDT NDT Newfoundland Daylight Time ) involves an assessment of whether a workplace agreement results, on balance, in a reduction of an employee's overall terms and conditions of employment conditions of employment

that part of an employment that sets out the duties, responsibilities, hours of work, salary, leave and other privileges to be enjoyed by persons employed, for example a veterinary nurse, in private practice.
 when compared with appropriate instruments, for example the applicable award.

The NDT is conducted by the Workplace Authority following lodgement lodge·ment  
n.
Variant of lodgment.

Noun 1. lodgement - bringing a charge or accusation against someone
lodgment
 of the agreement. The Workplace Authority may request employers to provide further information such as typical work patterns including rosters and shift arrangements to establish a proper basis for the NDT assessment. If the agreement does not pass the NDT, the parties to the agreement are notified and advised as to how the agreement may be varied to pass the NDT. Any resulting variation to a collective agreement must be approved by the employees before re-lodging with the Workplace Authority.

In addition to meeting the NDT, agreements will now not become operative unless the employer provides proof that the requirements for lodgement have been met, including the requirement for employee approval.

The operation of a collective agreement, including a union collective, employee collective and multi-business agreement, will not commence until approved.

Termination of agreements

Importantly, employers no longer have the power to unilaterally terminate a collective agreement that has passed its nominal expiry date expiry date expire ndate f d'expiration;
(on label) → à utiliser avant ...

expiry date expire nAblauftermin m 
, and return employees to a limited number of minimum standards. A collective agreement can only be terminated where the parties agree, or by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission The Australian Industrial Relations Commission, or AIRC (known from 1956 to 1973 as the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, and from 1973 to 1988 as the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission  in circumstances where termination would not be contrary to the public interest.

Further changes required

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ANF

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 is represented on several committees that will look at further changes to be included in draft legislation to be tabled in Parliament later this year. Important issues relating to agreement making and other matters are still to be addressed in this legislation including:

* genuine freedom of association and rights to be represented; promotion of collective bargaining collective bargaining, in labor relations, procedure whereby an employer or employers agree to discuss the conditions of work by bargaining with representatives of the employees, usually a labor union. ; rights to information and consultation at the workplace;

* good faith bargaining including industrial action;

* unfair dismissal;

* ongoing maintenance of the safety net;

* enforcement and compliance; and the

* establishment of Fair Work Australia.
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Title Annotation:industrial
Author:Richards, Debbie
Publication:Australian Nursing Journal
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Date:Jun 1, 2008
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