flexible work arrangements
The Federal Government is framing its workplace relations election policy around the “future of work”, declaring the current system is “stuck in the past” and has not kept up with fundamentally different ways of doing business as represented by disruptors such as Uber and Airtasker. However, it has stressed that any reforms “cannot compromise” Australia’s ...more
The Federal Government has announced a new Minimum Standard which will apply to businesses with more than 500 employees but it will continue to consult on additional reporting matters under the Workplace Gender Equality Act (WGE Act). Reporting requirements for businesses with more than 100 employees remained unchanged from April 4, settling a period of ...more
The National Employment Standards do not require employers to grant employee requests for flexible work arrangements to care for a child (HRR#449). But Clayton Utz solicitor Millen Lo warns they will have to be able to demonstrate that they have considered any such request “to determine whether the arrangements can be in fact accommodated so ...more
There is nothing to be gained from increasing the regulatory burden on employers in an effort to boost equal opportunity outcomes, the ACCI has told the review of the Equal Opportunity for Women Agency.
The Rudd govt’s individual flexibility arrangements (IFAs) were “nothing like AWAs”, Deputy PM & WR Minister Julia Gillard said on press day (October 2). Speaking at the opening of the LHMU Tas branch leaders conference in Hobart, she said there had been some “wrong statements” about IFAs.
The Aust Bureau of Statistics Work, life and family balance report released on Sept 24 found balancing work and family remains a pressing issue, with a significant proportion unaware of their paid carers and paid parental leave rights. In 80% of two-parent working families, at least one of the parents said they were often or always pressed for time.