Posted November 20, 2017
We spoke last week about how dynamic our industry is, with a new suite of changes made to the Hair & Beauty Award in Quarter 3 2017. Both HABA and the Worker’s Union are able to put forward claims to the FWC, determining the changes that are made to the award. These are the changes that are being put forward in Quarter 4 2017.
WHAT THE UNIONS ARE PROPOSING
FAMILY FRIENDLY WORK ARRANGEMENTS CASE
In the case, the unions are pursuing a claim for virtually all awards to be varied to give employees with parenting or other caring responsibilities an absolute right to part-time employment or reduced hours of work. HABA through Ai Group is preparing detailed submissions and evidence in opposition to the ACTU’s claims in the Family Friendly Work Arrangements Case.
The proposed clause would allow an employee to dictate their days of work, as well as starting and finishing times.
HABA is strongly opposing the unions’ claims. Ai Group is arguing in the case that the existing ‘right to request’ arrangements in the Fair Work Act strike the right balance between the interests of employees and employers. The case is listed for hearing before a Full Bench of the Commission between 12 and 22 December, and as soon as there is an outcome, HABA will inform it’s members to ensure that you are up to date and compliant at all times with the latest instance of the award.
WHAT IS HABA PROPOSING
PLAIN LANGUAGE REDRAFTING
The Hair & Beauty Industry Award itself is being redrafted to make it simpler to read. However, HABA does not want any salon owner to be worse off under the changes.
HABA with Ai Group is ensuring that each clause in the current Award and any proposed changes as part of the Fair Work Commission are given a plain language redraft, ensuring greater understanding for salon owners of their rights and responsibilities to ensure that they are not non-compliant through a lack of understanding.
HABA’s OWN REVIEW OF THE AWARD
On 15 September, the SDA agreed to drop its claim to grant an extra day off for an employee who works on a public holiday.
On 8 November, HABA through Ai Group pressed our claims with regards to rostering part-time employees, notification of rosters and rostering principles. If successful, this will provide greater flexibility for salon owners with regards to rostering arrangements. This matter is being listed for Conference on 1 December and we will be sure to keep you updated when there are changes.
As a member of HABA, Salon Owners can feel secure in the knowledge that they are represented by an organisation that truly has their best interests at heart. HABA is the only organisation in Australia that can (and does) regularly and directly oppose changes or suggested changes to the Hair & Beauty Award, protecting salon owners from changes that would put unfair strain on your business. Support the organisation that supports you and become a HABA member today.
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