After considerable debate, on Friday 20 March 2009 the Federal Government finally secured the passage of its Fair Work Bill through the Senate. This means that the majority of the Fair Work Bill will commence as scheduled from 1 July 2009.
The Federal Government is unlikely to introduce publicly funded maternity leave in this year’s Budget despite its investigation recommending 18 weeks for mothers and two weeks for fathers paid at the same level as the minimum wage.
The changing landscape of Australian workplace relations will have a considerable impact on Australian businesses, not the least those in the pharmacy industry. Increased trading hours and the provision of allied health services within pharmacies as a means to add value to traditional customer services has led to many pharmacies taking proactive steps to more effectively manage workplace relations practices.
Businesses considering a restructure should look beyond short term savings and make sure their organisation is refocused on core business. Be ready to take your best performers with you when economic conditions improve. We look at the top ten DO’s and DON’Ts of redundancy according to international business leaders.