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explains WorkChoices in plain English

Thursday, 26 October 2006
By Print21

The seminars are part of the Commonwealth Department of Employment and Workplace Relations Employer Advisor Program, but are being delivered by the association’s Employee Relations staff in all states and territories. The campaign is comprised of 30 free seminars

Ken Stenner, national employee relations and OHS services manager for Printing Industries, says the seminars explained the WorkChoices changes in plain English and in ways that related to industry workplaces.

“Participants will hear of the opportunities now available to develop arrangements which provide flexibility to meet the specific needs of both the employer and employee,” he says.

“While anyone from any industry can attend the seminars, our staff are print and graphics industry specialists, so we understand the business structures and the information needs of management and staff.”

Stenner says it is important that all companies made certain that their systems were compliant with the changes. This was essential in all areas and critical for the new record keeping requirements which impact on time and wages, leave accrual and payments.
The seminars also discuss how the WorkChoices changes apply to workplace agreements and flexible arrangements, rates of pay and hours of work, annual, personal, long service and parental leave. WorkChoices application to various awards and state legislation is also explained.

Dismissal procedures are discussed along with dispute handling and the powers and rights of unions. “Questions are encouraged and participants will receive briefing notes. On completion of the series all registered attendees will be sent a support DVD,” says Stenner.

“We can also provide free on-site visits for companies and we encourage them to contact any of our state offices to arrange this”.

The campaign, which extensively covers regional areas in addition to capital cities, will continue until mid November. To find your nearest location and venue phone 1800 227 425 or visit (click on the WorkChoices Registration banner) where you can also register online.

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