Important changes to flexible work for millions of employees across all industries have been announced by the Fair Work Commission.
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.
Senior employment relations adviser, Employsure, Michael Wilkinson, said that 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.
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Modern workday hours and employer’s obligations.
Flexible working hours are now firmly part of Australian workplace legislation and understanding what the most recent changes mean for employers is vital to avoiding workplace relation claims. As of 1 December 2018, employers need to make a genuine attempt to reach an agreement on flexible work arrangements. While workers don’t have an unlimited right to their flexible work requests, the new clause in the Fair Work Act requires employers to detail any alternative arrangements they can provide. Employers will need to consider potential compromises and demonstrate the considerations they have taken in response to a flexible work request. For a more detailed look at your obligations as an employer, 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