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Overview of the Coalition's Fair Work Laws

After much anticipation the opposition has finally released its industrial relations policy, vowing once and for all it will not revoke the Fair Work Act.

Should the Opposition come to power following September's election, leader Tony Abbott has said the Coalition will 'improve' the current legislation.

According to the Coalition's Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws, there will not be any further changes to unfair dismissal laws or measures to amend penalty rates in the first term of a Coalition government.

Some of the key points of the Coalition's policy

·         The current Fair Work system would remain in place and unfair dismissal laws would not be changed

·         There would be changes to the Paid Parental Leave Scheme – promoted as mothers to receive six months leave based on their actual wage

·         Increased penalties for unions and officials to equal company penalties

·         Unions' access to workplaces would be restricted

·         Removal of the ability to restrict the use of Labor's Individual Flexibility Arrangements in enterprise agreements

·         Strikes would only be admissible following talks between parties

·         Individual Flexibility Arrangements would be available to all workers

·         Recommendations from the Fair Work Review would still be considered – more details to be provided in September

If you would like to discuss your current HR / IR requirements please phone Kelly Langdon on 3218 3900.