November 27, 2018

New flexible work arrangement terms take effect from December 1

There’s been an update in the human resources world – new flexible work arrangement terms. It’s important to note that employees covered by an award also have extra rights when asking for flexible working arrangements. The announcement means all employers must undertake the following before formally responding to flexible work arrangement request from an employee:

1. Discuss the request further with the employee, and

2. Genuinely try to reach an agreement that will reasonably accommodate the employee’s circumstances and personal situation.

A refusal of a request must be provided in writing and must outline a detailed reason for the refusal. An employer has 21 days to respond.

These changes to flexible work arrangement terms are far-reaching and as with any breach of the Fair Work Australia terms, can carry serious penalties. However, by following practical guidelines and implementing useful protocols, we believe this new work arrangement can be managed efficiently and effectively.

If you’re a business owner or manager, this might be new to you. Do you have any questions regarding flexible working arrangements? If so, speak to us if you require further information on the matter, wish to access our Flexible Working Toolkit or to discuss any other HR-related issues.

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Merilyn founded Catalina Consultants in 2012 on the belief that all organisations, regardless of size, should have access to top quality bespoke HR services. She enjoys working closely with her clients and believes that the best results are built on relationships of rapport, trust and authenticity. Growing up, Merilyn had her sight set on stardom and dreamed of becoming an actor. She also sang and played the piano, but ended up studying accounting and HR. Whilst she hasn’t won her Grammy just yet, she still loves a good karaoke night. Merilyn loves to travel with her family, with South Africa being one of her most memorable destinations.

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