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they are unbiased and cover the fol- lowing areas: • hours of work • right to request flexible working arrangements • parental leave • personal/carer’s and compassionate leave • community service leave • annual leave • long service leave • public holidays • notice of termination and redundancy pay • fair work statement If you are looking for more information on the National Employment Standards, visit Employsure’s guide for a comprehensive explanation of what the Standards involve and how they might apply to your business. Modern Awards. While the National Employment Standards provide a base level of provisions which are applicable to all employees, most employees are also covered by a Modern Award. Modern Awards are an additional set of guidelines and entitlements within which employers must oper- ate employment agreements. These awards cover variances in both industry and occupation, and pro- vide additional enforceable mini- mum employment standards. On top of the Modern Awards, there is also a Miscellaneous Award which covers employees who are not covered by any other Modern Award. Modern Awards typically contain terms and entitlements relating to minimum wages, penalty rates, types of employment, flexible working arrangements, hours of work, rest breaks, classifications, allowances, leave and leave loading, superannuation, and procedures for consultation, representation, and dispute settlement. As well as the above areas, Modern Awards may also cover terms about industry specific redundancy entitlements – that is, what employees who are being made redundant are entitled to. Visit Employsure’s guide on Modern Awards to find everything you need to know about this important aspect of employment relations. National Minimum Wage. As the name suggests, a minimum wage is the absolute base rate an employee is entitled to be paid for their ordinary hours of work. The minimum wage which an employee is to be paid is determined by the specific industrial instrument which they are employed under; whether it be a Modern Award, Enterprise Agreement or National Minimum Wage order. Regardless of which industrial instrument the employee is working under, they cannot be paid an amount less than the national minimum rate of pay, even if a different amount is agreed upon by the employee. The national minimum wage and pay rates under Modern Awards are not set indefinitely. Both are reviewed by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) every year. This is to determine if an increase is THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH 2018 37 A great feature of our industry is how willing people are to help their fellow DIA Members. Here Daniel Hays (Spencer Systems) and Kerryn Wollington (LDCT Training) look at a wedding dress which Jo Dalzell had brought for a second opinion.
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