Fair Work Act changes could hit brokers

by Mackenzie McCarty19 Feb 2013
The specific measures in the second tranche of changes include, among other things:

  • providing a worker who has suffered bullying at work a right of recourse through the Fair Work Commission;
  • improving entitlements for workers who are pregnant, including changes to special maternity leave and the right to transfer to a safe job,
  • provide flexibility to parents taking unpaid parental leave, including extending the time that parents can take unpaid parental leave together from 3 weeks to 8 weeks and allowing them to choose when they want to take that leave; and
  • an express right to request a return to work on a part time basis after taking unpaid parental leave.

Thambyrajah stresses that no employee should be exposed to bullying in the work place. However, he’s worried that the amendments leaves it ‘very open’ as to what qualifies as bullying.

“Most broking houses are small and are not equipped to mount a ready defence to any frivolous claim of bullying. Any such initiative needs to be well defined so as not to lead to frivolous claims.”

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  • by Country Broker 19/02/2013 11:29:03 AM

    Simple solution to all of this run director only /employee companies , and if need be outsource the processing , paying a fee is simpler and easier than having employees for most brokers especially with technology as developed as it is.
    , It is getting harder and harder to employ people in this industry , the majority of brokers are 1 to 3 director companies with perhaps family employed as PAYG employees and I suspect that may stay the same if these types of reforms get up .

  • by PeterT 19/02/2013 11:39:54 AM

    In theory these changes make for a better workplace culture. In reality they simply push employers to casual or contract staff and people who are outside of child bearing age. It puts employees in a position with less job security and fewer rights.

  • by Broker 19/02/2013 12:49:24 PM

    Which in reality, just equates to more unnecessary interference from this Government