*Workplace Relations Framework Under Review

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The Productivity Commission has released a series of Issues Papers to inform a review of Australia?s workplace relations framework.

The Coalition Government has indicated that it will consider, but not necessarily adopt, the recommendations of the Productivity Commission and a final report is due in November this year.

The productivity commission are encouraging submissions on the Terms of Reference and five Issues Papers which are due by 13 March 2015.

The Issues Papers provide analysis on key aspects of the Commonwealth?s existing legislative arrangements, set out in the Fair Work Act 2009:

1.The context of the current inquiry;

2.Existing safety nets, including the minimum wage, National Employment Standards, the award system and penalty rates;

3.The Bargaining Framework, including enterprise bargaining, individual arrangements and dispute resolution;

4.Employee protections, including unfair dismissal regulations and anti-bullying laws; and

5.Other workplace relations issues, such as public sector industrial relations, business compliance costs and the effectiveness of institutions and agencies central to the workplace relations framework.

Government Relations firm, Barton Deakin, have released a brief on the review which outlines the Issues Papers and provides information on how to make a submission. To download the Barton Deakin brief – click here.

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