WALGA applied on behalf of the local government sector in Western Australia and the Northern Territory to adopt provisions that would allow annual leave to be paid to the LGIA. These submissions were filed in April 2014 in collaboration with other local government federations in the state and territory. The Fair Work Committee also made a preliminary decision to include a provision allowing employers to grant annual leave in advance and deduct sums for each leave that still results from notice payments to the LGIA. However, an employer may deduct from severance pay only if the workers and employers have agreed in advance to take leave. Management of a worker on excessive annual leave The Fair Work Commission`s Full Bench also made an interim decision to include a provision allowing employers to order a worker to make “excessive” annual provisions. Interested parties are required to submit written comments to the Fair Work Commission by Monday, 13 July at 4 p.m. in order to consider the text of the proposed provisions and to include the proposed provisions in all modern distinctions (including the LGIA). WALGA Employee Relations invites the sector to give its opinion on the text of the proposed provisions and on the advisability of including the proposed provisions in the LGIA. We will then consider filing a written filing on behalf of the municipal sector. Please provide feedback by Thursday, July 9 at 5:00 p.m. WALGA Employee Relations` preliminary view is that these are welcome changes as they allow a local government employer to find greater flexibility in the agreement on how a worker can use their annual leave provisions. Please note that these provisions only apply to personnel under the LGIA or a company agreement if the terms of the LGIA are included in this company agreement.
Proposed Provisions The proposed provision, which allows employers to order a worker to make “excessive” annual provisions, is available here. The proposed provisions for the payment of annual leave and the granting of annual leave in advance have been published in the form of draft decisions and can be found here. Full Bench`s original decision is available here. Please email WALGA Employee Relations or call (08) 9213 2014 if you have any comments or questions. Now that the Christmas season is approaching, some businesses may decide to “close” some or all of their operations at this traditionally quieter time of year. There are a few important factors that a business must consider if it wants to close during this period. Can I order my employees to take vacation? An employer can benefit from a bonus or company contract […] 2015 Fair Work Commission Wage increase The minimum wage body of the Fair Work Commission has increased minimum wage rates by 2.5% and increased the national minimum wage by USD 16.00 per week. It will be commissioned on 1 July 2015.
The decision raises the federal weekly minimum wage to $US 656.90 (17.29 $US per hour). This increase must be provided by employers applying the minimum rates of the 2010 Local Government Industry Award or other modern federal awards and by employers who have federal company agreements that involve increases in rates of pay. Employers who have federal company agreements that have set increases in rates of pay are not required to apply this increase. WALGA Employee Relations will soon release a revised payroll plan for the Local Government Industry Award for subscribers….