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2010-2011-2012-2013

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013

 

 

 

(1)     Schedule  1 , page 8 (after line 5) , after item  16 , insert:

16A  Subsection 55(3)

After “subsection (2)”, insert “, except as provided in section 56A”.

[consequential: flexible working arrangements are subject to enterprise agreements]

(2)     Schedule 1, page 8, after proposed item 16A, insert:

16B  After section 56

Insert:

56A  Flexible working arrangements: no contracting out of enterprise agreements

                   None of the following has any effect to the extent that it would be inconsistent with an enterprise agreement:

                     (a)  an arrangement or agreement made as a result of a request under section 65 (which deals with requests for flexible working arrangements);

                     (b)  a decision of the FWC of the kind referred to in subsection 598(1) in relation to a dispute about the operation of Division 4 of Part 2-2 (which deals with requests for flexible working arrangements);

                     (c)  any other exercise of a power of the FWC, including an outcome of a process carried out in accordance with subsection 595(2) (which deals with the FWC’s power to deal with disputes otherwise than by arbitration), in relation to a dispute about the operation of Division 4 of Part 2-2.

[flexible working arrangements are subject to enterprise agreements]

(3)     Schedule 1, Part 3, page 9 (after line 27) , at the end of the Part, add:

18A  After section 65

Insert:

65A  FWC may deal with a dispute about the operation of this Division

             (1)  The FWC may deal with a dispute about the operation of this Division (including a dispute about whether a refusal of a request under section 65 is on reasonable business grounds).

             (2)  The FWC may deal with the dispute by arbitration.

Note:          The FWC may also deal with a dispute by mediation or conciliation, or by making a recommendation or expressing an opinion (see subsection 595(2)).

             (3)  The FWC may deal with the dispute only on application by any of the following:

                     (a)  an employee who has made a request under section 65;

                     (b)  an employee organisation that is entitled to represent the industrial interests of an employee referred to in paragraph (a).

[ FWC may arbitrate or otherwise deal with disputes about flexible working arrangements]

(4)     Schedule  1 , Part  3 , at the end of the Part, add (after proposed item 18A):

18B  Section 146 (note)

Omit “65(5) or”.

[consequential: dealing with disputes about flexible working arrangements]

(5)     Schedule 1, Part 3, at the end of the Part, add (after proposed item 18B):

18C  Subsection 186(6) (notes 1 and 2)

Omit “65(5) or”.

[consequential: dealing with disputes about flexible working arrangements]

(6)     Schedule 1, Part 3, at the end of the Part, add (after proposed item 18C):

18D  Subsection 739(2)

Omit “65(5) or”.

18E  Subsection 739(2) (note)

Omit “65(5) or”.

[dealing with disputes about flexible working arrangements]

(7)     Schedule 1, Part 3, at the end of the Part, add (after proposed item 18E):

18F  Subsection 740(2)

Omit “65(5) or”.

18G  Subsection 740(2) (note)

Omit “65(5) or”.

[consequential: dealing with disputes about flexible working arrangements]