Achievement of casual employment certainty is welcome but rest of IR Omnibus Bill must not be adandoned

first_imgAchievement of casual employment certainty is welcome but rest of IR Omnibus Bill must not be adandoned Australia’s leading business groups welcome the passage through the Senate of amendments to the Fair Work Act that will deliver much needed certainty regarding casual employment. The amendments will provide:A clear definition of a ‘casual employee’;Protection against unfair ‘double-dipping’ claims that would have imposed costs of up to $39 billion on employers and led to widespread business closures and mass job losses; andRobust conversion rights for casual employees.We appreciate the extensive efforts made by the Government to develop the moderate and sensible package of reforms in the IR Omnibus Bill, and the support of Senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts in working constructively with the Government on all the measures in the Bill.It is deeply disappointing that Senators Griff, Lambie and Patrick could not find a way to support measures in the Bill that would encourage the employment of hundreds of thousands of Australians.It is important that the Government does not abandon the rest of the Bill and further efforts need to be made over the months ahead to secure support. Otherwise, employers will be left with:An enterprise agreement system that is withering on the vine because of an unworkable Better Off Overall Test and Fair Work Commission approval requirements that are almost impossible to navigate;An award system that is far too complex and inflexible; andThe lost opportunity for project life greenfields agreements to drive investment and jobs.The legislation was the outcome of an extensive Government consultation process over the past nine months involving working parties of industry and union representatives. A sensible compromise was reached on the casual employment provisions aimed at boosting confidence, investment, job creation and wages.This statement is released by:Jenny Lambert, Acting CEO, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)Jennifer Westacott AO, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia (BCA)Steve Knott AM, Chief Executive, Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA)Denita Wawn, Chief Executive, Master Builders Australia (MBA) /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ACCI, AusChamber, Australia, Australian, Australian Chamber, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australian Industry Group, Business Council of Australia, Chamber of Commerce, Commission, employment, enterprise agreement, Fair Work Act, Fair Work Commission, Government, Investment, legislation, Pauline Hansonlast_img read more