1 December 2018 signals important changes to flexible work arrangements, with employers no longer able to deny any reasonable requests without just cause.
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced important changes to flexible work arrangements. From 1 December 2018, employers will need to make a genuine attempt to reach an agreement on flexible work arrangements and provide detailed reasons for refusals.
“While workers don’t have an uninhibited right to their flexible work request, the new clause requires employers to detail any alternative arrangements they can provide and lets workers dispute whether employers have correctly followed the process,” says Employsure senior employment relations adviser Michael Wilkinson.
This means that employers need to consider potential compromises and demonstrate the considerations.
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Fair Work Commission announces changes supporting Flexible Work Arrangements.
What was once considered a perk, will now be an entitlement for many employees. The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced changes that mean employers need to consider potential compromises and demonstrate considerations when it comes to flexible working arrangements. The changes, if managed correctly, can benefit both you and your employees. By coming to a compromise with your employees regarding flexible workplace arrangements, your business is likely to see an increase in productivity and job satisfaction and a reduction in absenteeism. For businesses that aren’t currently flexible, they will need to bring their policies and practices into like immediately. For more information on your obligations, check out the following resources:
- The latest legislation changes – Employsure Essentials video by Thorunn Arnadottir
- Employsure’s guide to flexible work
- Michael Morris shares Employsure’s flexible work journey
- Employsure’s guide to who can request flexible work by law
- Read more about the state of flexible work in Australia in our Small Business Trends ebook for 2019
- Keep an eye out on our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages for more legislation updates