1 December 2018 has seen a new law come into effect requiring employers to offer any alternative arrangements in response to workers’ flexible work requests.
The Fair Work Commission has introduced important changes to flexible work that will affect millions of workers across all industries, including mining.
Employers are now required to offer any alternative arrangements to counter workers’ request for flexible work arrangements. They also need to provide the reasonable business grounds for refusing an employee’s request.
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New Flexible Work Law impacts millions of Australians.
How much does it cost to fill a gap? Up until 1 December 2018, it wasn’t required that employers consider this cost when accepting or refusing requests for flexible work. In fact, rejecting requests for flexible work arrangements has been quite common in the past. Until 1 December 2018 that is, when new laws have come into effect, requiring companies to take into account cost of equipment, productivity and whether the job can be done at home or not. Under the new laws, employers are now required to offer any alternative arrangements to counter workers’ request for flexible work arrangements. They also need to provide the reasonable business grounds for refusing an employee’s request. Businesses that aren’t currently flexible had until December 1 to bring their policies and practices in line. For more information, have a look at Employsure resources below:
- 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