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Understanding the Fair Work Act

Industrial relations is a now critical business issue, with potential significant impact. It is no longer a “soft skill”.

Can you answer these questions?

  • How do we know which award applies - and what if we get it wrong?
  • What rules apply if I want to restructure my business, or part of my business?
  • What are the special risks when we take over another business?
  • What do we do if a union wants to come on site?
  • Exactly what is “adverse action” and how do we avoid massive penalties?
  • Can workers claim bullying as an excuse?

Industrial Relations is more technical and complex than ever. In some areas, even employers who make innocent mistakes are suffering significant penalties. Even though you probably understand many aspects, do you feel there are gaps in your knowledge? Don’t let unions and your employees explain their version of the rules - build your understanding first.

Course content:

• The Common Law Contract of Employment
• National Employment Standards
• Continuous service
• Awards
• Enterprise Agreements
• Dismissal and discipline
• Restructure and redundancy
• Workplace Bullying and Stop Bullying Orders
• Union Right of entry
• Industrial Action
• General Protections (Adverse Action)
• Transfer of business

Who should participate

This course is designed for operational managers and HR professionals. It will provide the confidence you need in the key aspects of the national industrial relations system and the Fair Work Act 2009.