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Employment obligations in the building industry

Industrial relations (IR) refers to the system of employment laws and rules that regulate the rights and obligations of employers and employees in the workplace.

What is the Fair Work Act?

The Australian industrial relations system is governed by the Fair Work Act 2009 (the FW Act). The FW Act sets out a number of employment requirements that Australian businesses, including small businesses, need to ensure compliance with.

Some of the particulars the FW Act regulates and provides for include:

  • 10 National Employment Standards for employment
  • Application of modern awards
  • Termination and redundancy
  • Operation of unions in the workplace
  • Enterprise agreements
  • Minimum wages.

What is the Fair Work Commission?

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) is the national workplace relations tribunal. It is an independent body with power to carry out a range of functions. These include:

    • Making, changing and varying ‘award’ terms and conditions and the minimum wage
    • Approving enterprise bargaining agreements
    • Ruling on industrial disputes, such as unlawful strikes and pattern bargaining
    • Termination of employment matters, including unfair dismissal claims
    • Other workplace matters.

How can HIA help?

HIA’s advisers can provide information about your award and employment obligations and answer your questions – at no additional cost to your membership.

At discounted member rates HIA can also prepare for you the contracts, agreements, policies and procedures to help manage your employees. More