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Workplace Relations Amendment (Termination of Employment) Bill 2001

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1998-1999-2000-2001

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

THE SENATE

 

 

Workplace Relations Amendment (Termination of Employment) Bill 2000

 

 

Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

 

 

 

 

 

(1)     Dem (1) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 6, page 4 (lines 7 to 31), omit the item.

(2)     Dem (2) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 8, page 5 (lines 2 to 5), omit the item.

(3)     Dem (3) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 9, page 5 (line 11), after “remuneration”, insert “or duties”.

(4)     Govt (1) [Sheet EV256]

          Schedule 1, page 5 (after line 13), after item 9, insert:

9A  Subsection 170CE(1)

Omit “subsection (5)”, substitute “subsections (5) and (5A)”.

(5)     Dem (4) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 10, page 5 (lines 14 to 20), omit the item.

(6)     Govt (2) [Sheet EV256]

          Schedule 1, page 5 (after line 20), after item 10, insert:

10A  After subsection 170CE(5)

Insert:

          (5A)  An application under subsection (1) must not be made on the ground referred to in paragraph (1)(a), or on grounds that include that ground, unless the employee concerned had completed the qualifying period of employment with the employer at the earlier of the following times:

                     (a)  the time when the employer gave the employee the notice of termination;

                     (b)  the time when the employer terminated the employee’s employment.

          (5B)  For the purposes of subsection (5A), the qualifying period of employment is:

                     (a)  3 months; or

                     (b)  a shorter period, or no period, determined by written agreement between the employee and employer before the commencement of the employment; or

                     (c)  a longer period determined by written agreement between the employee and employer before the commencement of the employment, being a reasonable period having regard to the nature and circumstances of the employment.

(7)     Dem (5) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 11, page 5 (line 21) to page 6 (line 10), omit the item, substitute:

11  At the end of subsection 170CE(7)

Add “, or within such period as the Commission allows on an application made during or after those 21 days.”.

11A  At the end of subsection 170CE(7A)

Add “, or within such period as the Commission allows on an application made during or after those 21 days.”.

Note:          In Brodie-Hanns v MTV Publishing Ltd (1995) 67 IR 298 the Industrial Relations Court of Australia set down principles relating to the exercise of its discretion under a similarly worded provision of the Industrial Relations Act 1988 .

11B  Subsection 107CE(8)

Repeal the subsection.

(8)     Dem (6) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 13, page 6 (line 32) to page 7 (line 9), omit the item, substitute:

13  At the end of subsection 170CF(2)

Add:

            ; and (d)  if the Commission considers, having regard to all the materials before the Commission, that the application has no reasonable prospect of success, it must advise the parties accordingly.

(9)     Dem (7) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 14, page 7 (lines 15 to 17), omit paragraph (3)(b), substitute:

                     (b)  the Commission has indicated that the applicant’s claim in respect of the ground so referred has no reasonable prospect of success;



(10)   Dem (8) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 14, page 7 (lines 27 and 28), omit “a substantial prospect of being unsuccessful”, substitute “no reasonable prospect of success”.

(11)   Dem (9) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 15, page 7 (line 35) to page 8 (line 12), omit the item, substitute:

15  At the end of subsection 170CFA(1)

Add:

Note:          If a certificate under subsection 170CF(2) identifies both the ground in paragraph 170CE(1)(a) and a ground or grounds of an alleged contravention of Subdivision C, and the Commission has issued a certificate under subsection 170CF(4) in relation to the ground in paragraph 170CE(1)(a), an applicant must make an election as if the certificate under subsection 170CF(2) identified only the ground or grounds in Subdivision C.

(12)   Dem (10) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, items 16 to 20, page 8 (line 13) to page 10 (line 24), omit the items.

(13)   Dem (11) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 21, page 10 (line 25) to page 11 (line 8), omit the item.

(14)   Dem (12) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 22, page 11 (lines 9 to 11), omit the item.

(15)   Dem (13) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, items 23 and 24, page 11 (lines 12 to 15), omit the items.

(16)   Dem (14) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 25, page 11 (lines 16 to 18), omit the item.

(17)   Dem (15) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 26, page 11 (after line 23), at the end of the item, add:

                   (db)  the degree to which the absence of dedicated human resource management specialists or expertise in the undertaking, establishment or service would be likely to impact on the procedures followed in effecting the termination; and

(18)   Dem (16) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 27, page 11 (lines 24 to 30), omit the item.

(19)   Dem (17) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, items 28 and 29, page 11 (line 31) to page 12 (line 9), omit the items.

(20)   Dem (18) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 30, page 13 (line 27), omit “a reasonable opportunity”, substitute “reasonable notice and a reasonable opportunity”.

(21)   Dem (19) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 31, page 13 (line 29) to page 14 (line 36), omit the item, substitute:

31  Subsections 170CJ(1), (2), (3), (4) and (5)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

             (1)  If the Commission is satisfied:

                     (a)  that a person ( first party ):

                              (i)  made an application under section 170CE; or

                             (ii)  began proceedings relating to an application; and

                     (b)  the first party did so in circumstances where it should have been reasonably apparent to the first party that he or she had no reasonable prospect of success in relation to the application or proceeding;

the Commission may, on application under this section by the other party to the application or proceeding, make an order for costs against the first party.

             (2)  If the Commission is satisfied that a party ( first party ) to a proceeding relating to an application under section 170CE has acted unreasonably in failing:

                     (a)  to discontinue the proceeding; or

                     (b)  to agree to terms of settlement that could lead to the discontinuance of the application;

the Commission may, on an application under this section by the other party to the proceeding, make an order for costs against the first party.

             (3)  If the Commission is satisfied:

                     (a)  that a party ( first party ) to a proceeding relating to an application made under section 170CE caused costs to be incurred by the other party to the proceeding; and

                     (b)  that the first party caused the costs to be incurred because of the first party’s unreasonable act or omission in connection with the conduct of the proceeding;

the Commission may, on an application by the other party under this section, make an order for costs against the first party.

             (4)  In making a decision under this section, the Commission may have regard to any certificate issued or advice given under section 170CF and whether a party pursued a course of action contrary to any such certificate or advice.

             (5)  An application for an order for costs under this section must be made within 14 days after the determination, discontinuance, settlement or dismissal of the application under section 170CE or proceeding relating to an application under section 170CE (as the case may be).

          (5A)  A schedule of costs may be prescribed in relation to items of expenditure likely to be incurred in respect of:

                     (a)  an application to the Commission under section 170CE; and

                     (b)  a proceeding in respect of an application under section 170CE.

(22)   Dem (20) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 33, page 15 (lines 9 and 10), omit paragraph (a).

(23)   Dem (21) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 33, page 15 (line 20), omit “This list is not an exhaustive list.”.

(24)   Dem (22) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 34, page 15 (line 21) to page 16 (line 6), omit the item.

(25)   Dem (23) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 36, page 16 (lines 14 to 35), omit the item, substitute:

36  At the end of subsection 170CP(6)

Add “, or within such period as a court allows on an application made during or after those 14 days.”.

Note:          In Brodie-Hanns v MTV Publishing Ltd (1995) 67 IR 298, the Industrial Relations Court of Australia set down principles relating to the exercise of its discretion under a similarly worded provision of the Industrial Relations Act 1988 .

36A  Subsection 170CP(7)

Repeal the subsection.

(26)   Dem (24) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, items 37 and 38, page 17 (lines 1 to 10), omit the items.

(27)   Dem (25) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 39, page 17 (line 18), at the end of section 170HBA, add “unless the second application corrects an error in the previous application, or the Commission considers that it would be fair to accept the second application.”.

(28)   Dem (26) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 40, page 17 (line 26), after “applicant”, insert “or a respondent”.

(29)   Dem (27) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 40, page 18 (line 2), after “applicant”, insert “or a respondent”.

(30)   Dem (28) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 40, page 18 (after line 18), at the end of section 170HE, add:

             (2)  An adviser must not encourage an employer to continue to oppose an unfair termination application if, on the facts that have been disclosed or that ought reasonably to have been apparent to the adviser, the adviser should have been, or should have become, aware that there was no reasonable prospect of the respondent defending the action.

(31)   Dem (29) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 40, page 18 (line 26), at the end of subsection (2), add:

               ; or (d)  the Registrar; or

                     (e)  an organisation of employees or employers that represented a party in proceedings at first instance in respect of the unfair termination application.

(32)   Dem (30) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 40, page 19 (lines 1 to 7), omit section 170HG.

(33)   Dem (31) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 40, page 19 (line 12), after “application”, insert “or no reasonable prospect of the respondent defending the action”.

(34)   Govt (3) [Sheet EV256]

          Schedule 1, page 20 (after line 10), after item 42, insert:

42A  Application of items 9A and 10A

The amendments of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 made by items 9A and 10A apply only in relation to applications under section 170CE of that Act where the employment to which the application relates commenced on or after the date on which those items commence.

(35)   Dem (32) [Sheet 2000]

          Schedule 1, item 46, page 20 (line 31) to page 21 (line 4), omit the item.

 

 

 

 

 

HARRY EVANS

Clerk of the Senate

 

 

The Senate

8 August 2001