Australian Chamber supports push to simplify workplace relations

27 Apr 2018 |

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes recognition the Australian workplace relations system is too complex by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman.

“The margin for error is high and even lawyers and industrial experts with decades of experience can get it wrong. It’s even harder for small businesses that don’t have in house lawyers or human resources departments to focus on the detail and get it right,” Australian Chamber CEO, James Pearson, said today.

“It is a nonsense that small business people are required to navigate awards that can span over a hundred pages and wade through laws as thick as a phone book to understand what they should be doing.”

The ASFBEO has made sensible recommendations that take steps to help small business people who are trying to get it right.

This includes a reasonable safe harbour for a small business that has followed expert or regulator advice.

“We support measures aimed at reducing the time and cost for small businesses involved in termination disputes, recognising the unique circumstances of small businesses and their limited resources and capacities,” Mr Pearson said.

“We welcome ways to reduce confusion by addressing technical drafting problems in the law and to remove inconsistency and overlap between the Fair Work laws and awards.

“There is also merit in exploring measures to make it easier for small businesses to make workplace agreements that work for the business and its employees, given the complexity that plagues enterprise agreement making, even for larger businesses.

“We encourage mature and open minded consideration of recommendations that aim to make workplace relations simpler so businesses can spend less time wading through paperwork and more time on servicing their customers and improving their business offering.”

Duncan Bremner

Director - Public Affairs and Advocacy

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