Employee conditions

“Conditions” refers to conditions of employment and employees’ entitlements.
The broad areas covered include the following:

  • hours of work — covers full-time employment, part-time employment, casual employment, ordinary working hours, overtime, “non-standard” hours (such as weekend or evening work or working on public holidays), shift work, fixed-term/fixed-project contracts, flexible working hours, rostered days off, meal breaks, rest times, stand-by/call-back provisions, travelling time to/from jobs.
  • leave — includes annual leave, personal/carer’s leave, unpaid carer's leave, compassionate leave, community service leave, unpaid parental leave (includes maternity, paternity and adoption leave) long service leave and defence force service leave, all of which are basic entitlements that are available to all employees who qualify for them. Other forms of leave that employers commonly provide to employees include study leave, emergency/community service leave, jury service leave, cultural/ceremonial leave and leave without pay.
  • public holidays — employees are entitled to gazetted public holidays. If their employer requires them to work on those days, they may be entitled to payment of penalty rates and/or other benefits (such as time off in lieu at a later date).

Pay & Conditions

What’s the prognosis for collective bargaining?

By Mike Toten on 15th Oct 2018

The use of collective bargaining has declined sharply in Australia over the past decade or so, and some people blame this for the problems being caused by low levels of wages growth. But is there a link between the two? Should more collective bargaining be encouraged? What amendments to bargaining provisions should be made?

Recruitment | Pay & Conditions

Landmark ‘casuals’ decision: does it affect you?

By HR Advance on 2nd Oct 2018

A recent Fair Work decision means many employees currently described by employers as ‘casuals’ could in fact be permanent. This article explains the background to the decision and provides guidance on what you should do if you employ long-term casuals.