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Changes to Supported Employment Services Award 2010 from 1 July 2018.

Changes to Supported Employment Services Award 2010 from 1 July 2018.

The Fair Work Commission has issued a change to the Supported Employment Services Award 2010, which will be effective 1 July 2018. The changes have been communicated to Employsure clients previously, however we have now been advised of when employers will need to comply.

What are the changes?

The major changes to the Award include:

  • Supported wage rates: it is now the higher of 12.5%, or the applicable percentage of the assessed productive capacity
  • The process of assessing the productive capacity
  • In addition to the dispute resolution clause, an employee or employer may raise a dispute in accordance with the dispute processes outlined in the Supported Wages System Handbook. Meaning the Fair Work Commission may make a determination regarding an employee’s productive capacity
  • Review of assessment: wage is reviewed after 12 months’ service after the initial assessment, and subsequently, within three years’ service since the previous assessment. The employee or employer may initiate another review once every six months and not more than four times every three years where an employee has changed jobs or the processes involved in the job have changed (unless the employee and employer have agreed prior to 1 May 2017 to undertake reviews in other circumstances)
  • The trial period for employment under the Supported Wage System has been increased to at least 13 weeks but no longer than 26 weeks

What do employers do now?

The changes are not in operation until 1 July 2018. Given there is so much time before the changes are effective employers should be making sure they are across the changes and ensuring they are comfortable with how to implement changes to their workplace.

For advice on the changes, now or in the lead up to 1 July 2018, contact Employsure on 1300 651 415.

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