On the back of the Fair Work Commission’s introduction of leave to deal with family and domestic violence into modern awards, the Federal Government has introduced new leave provisions into the National Employment Standards. This signals a conscious effort by the Federal Government to assist those experiencing violence at home.
Changes introduced by the Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Act 2018
On 5 December 2018, Parliament passed the Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2018. The newly passed Bill amends the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) by abolishing the 4 yearly reviews of modern awards, giving the FWC more discretion to overlook minor procedural non-compliance in the enterprise agreement-making process, and enabling the Parliament to establish a Commission to investigate and report on alleged misbehaviour or incapacity of a FWC member.
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From 1 December 2018, modern awards will include new rules regarding requests for flexible work arrangements. The variations are essentially aimed at enhancing the obligations of employers in dealing with requests for flexible working arrangements and providing an avenue for resolving disputes under the dispute resolution provisions.