Employment Point-in-Time Service Updates

Tuesday 30 June 2020 @ 10.50 a.m.

The Employment Point-in-Time Service has been updated to include the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Act 2020 (Cth) (Act 53 of 2020) and the Fair Work Amendment (Variation of Enterprise Agreements No. 2) Regulations 2020 (Cth).

Act 53 of 2020

An Act to support women’s workforce participation by allowing parental leave pay (PLP) to be accessed more flexibly. The Act will enable flexibility in taking paid parental leave (PPL) by allowing eligible families to take up to 30 days of PLP within 24 months of the birth or adoption of the child, in addition to 12 weeks of PLP within 12 months of the child’s birth or adoption. The measures in the Act will support women’s economic independence by allowing primary carers to access PLP more flexibly, particularly birth mothers and adoptive parents who are self-employed or small business owners.

Fair Work Amendment (Variation of Enterprise Agreements No. 2) Regulations 2020

The Fair Work Amendment (Variation of Enterprise Agreements No. 2) Regulations 2020 (the Repeal Regulations) repeal amendments made by the Fair Work Amendment (Variation of Enterprise Agreements) Regulations 2020 (the Regulations).

The Regulations modified the period that employees must have access to a copy of a proposed variation of an enterprise agreement, and before which employees must be notified of the details of the vote on the variation (the ‘access period’), from seven days to one day. This measure is repealed with the effect that the ‘access period’ for a proposed variation of an enterprise agreement is no longer modified and will revert to the previous period of seven days.

The repeal of the measure will not affect variations to enterprise agreements made in accordance with the Regulations before the repeal date, including those that have been agreed to by employees before the repeal date but not yet approved by the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

These amendments have been updated in the Point-in-Time Employment Service current to 28 June 2020. (Note: Subscription required).

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