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Changes to the Business Equipment Award 2020

Published June 23, 2020 (last updated July 22, 2020) Author: Employsure
Changes to the Business Equipment Award 2020

The Fair Work Commission has recently clarified the way some Award provisions apply, and made minor amendments to the Business Equipment Award 2020.

What Are the Changes?

Effective 18 June 2020, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has clarified the way some Award provisions apply, and made minor amendments to the Award itself, including:

  • The year in the Award name has changed from 2010 to 2020. From tomorrow, it will be called the Business Equipment Award 2020.
  • A new clause has been added which highlights which employment conditions in the Award may be varied by mutual agreement with an individual employee or a majority of employees.
  • The FWC has clarified that a full-time employee works an average of 38 hours a week.
  • There are certain parts of the Award that don’t apply to clerical employees who are paid a salary that is 10% or more above the Award. The FWC have clarified which sections of the Award do apply to these types of employees, including but not limited to, consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work, dispute resolution and termination of employment.

Commercial travellers are now bound by the provisions under the Award for flexible working arrangements. Therefore, there are additional obligations which apply if you have an employee who is classified as a commercial traveller and they request flexible working arrangements

What Do I Need To Do?

  • If you wish to vary any Award terms, Employsure recommends that you get in touch with a workplace relations expert before you do.
  • If you pay your clerical employees at least 10% above the Award, ensure that you are aware of the provisions that continue to apply to them, including consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work. Employsure recommends that you get in touch with a workplace relations expert if you wish to vary their rosters or hours of work.
  • If your employee is a commercial traveller and makes a request for a flexible working arrangement, ensure you adhere to the obligations under the Award. Employsure recommends that you get in touch with a workplace relations expert for specific advice.

How Can Employsure Help Me?

Not a client? If you need help understanding and implementing these changes, please contact Employsure on 1300 207 182 and we can give you free, initial advice on this topic. If you’d like more help implementing these changes in your business and are interested in ongoing support, Employsure can help you.

Employsure clients affected by the changes to the Business Equipment Award 2020 have been notified of these changes by email. Get in contact with Employsure if you have any trouble understanding or implementing these changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When Did These Changes Come Into Effect?

    These changes came into effect on 18 June 2020.

  • Has the Pay Rate Schedule Changed?

    Yes, the Pay Rate Schedule for the Business Equipment 2020 has changed.

  • Do You Need Help Understanding These Changes to the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020?

    Not a client? If you do need help understanding and implementing these changes, feel free to ring Employsure on 1300 207 182. We can give you free, initial advice on these changes to the Business Equipment 2020.

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