There are a few types of employment contracts, and it can be difficult to understand the differences! Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), there are essentially three types of business agreements that can be entered into. These are one-company agreements, multi-company agreements and green grassland agreements. Before the act came into force, there were other types of employment contracts, including collective agreements. These agreements, concluded before July 1, 2009, continue to operate normally until they are concluded or replaced under the new system. An enterprise agreement sets out the minimum conditions of employment between one or more employers and their employees or a group of employees. The agreement may either be isolated from another arbitration decision or may include certain conditions of the parents` price. Under Australia`s labour law, the 2005-2006 industrial reform, known as „WorkChoices” (with the corresponding amendments to the Workplace Relations Act (1996), changed the name of these contractual documents to a „collective agreement.” State industrial legislation may also impose collective agreements, but the adoption of the WorkChoices reform will reduce the likelihood of such agreements occurring. These types of agreements are usually used when you are a single employer who enters into an agreement with your employees who are currently working with you and who are subject to the rules and procedures of the agreement you enter into. This is the most common type of agreement for most companies. This type of agreement can also be used for „individual interest employers.” These may be two or more employers who are the subject of a joint venture or related businesses with a common goal. It can also be franchisees or other types of workers if they are approved by the Fair Work Commission.
The agreement is reached if it is approved by a vote by the majority of workers covered by the agreement. Although an enterprise agreement offers some degree of flexibility, it should not exclude the minimum ten conditions of national employment standards: Greenfields agreements are approved when workers` organizations covered by the agreement are allowed to represent the majority of workers, which is in the public interest. An enterprise agreement must contain the following conditions: if employers and workers` organizations fail to agree on the terms of a Greenfields agreement after six months of negotiations, the employer can continue to submit the agreement to the Fair Work Commission. If necessary, the Commission for Fair Work can adopt a negotiating decision on the proposed agreement. A negotiating settlement will include measures that the Fair Work Commission must take, measures that should not be taken and other issues that the Commission deems necessary for fair work to promote fair and effective negotiations. It`s important to understand the type of agreement that best benefits your business and your employees to run your business in the most efficient way. If you are a small entrepreneur, you can make better use of the corresponding price for your sector. Here is our article on what should be included in your agreement, which also provides an overview of how your agreement is becoming a reality.
If you think one of the above types of agreements will work well for your business, LegalVision`s labour law specialists can help you reach an agreement focused on maximizing what`s best for you as an employer. Negotiators are required to act in good faith in the process of negotiating a proposed enterprise agreement. Enterprise agreements are collective agreements between employers and workers on employment conditions.