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Fair Entitlements Guarantee Bill 2012

2010-2011-2012

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Entitlements Guarantee Bill 2012

 

No.      , 2012

 

(Education, Employment and Workplace Relations)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide for financial assistance for workers who have not been fully paid for work done for insolvents or bankrupts, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Objects of this Act.............................................................................. 2

4............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 3

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 4

6............ Kinds of employment entitlements...................................................... 8

7............ Wages................................................................................................. 9

8............ This Act binds the Crown................................................................. 10

9............ Extraterritorial operation.................................................................... 10

Part 2—Eligibility for advance                                                                                     11

Division 1—Conditions of eligibility for advance                                         11

Subdivision A—Basic conditions of eligibility                                                  11

10.......... Conditions of eligibility for advance................................................. 11

Subdivision B—Exclusions from eligibility                                                       12

11.......... Exclusion for personal connection with employer............................. 12

12.......... Exclusion for being newly employed after working as contractor..... 13

13.......... Exclusion for employment by certain employers............................... 13

Division 2—Claim for eligibility for advance                                                 14

14.......... Making an effective claim................................................................. 14

15.......... Secretary must decide effective claim................................................ 15

Part 3—Amount of advance                                                                                           16

Division 1—Working out the amount of an advance                                 16

16.......... General rule for working out the amount of an advance.................... 16

17.......... Reduction for the person’s debts to the employer............................. 17

18.......... Nil amount if liquidator or bankruptcy trustee can fully pay entitlements soon        17

Division 2—Amounts for employment entitlements                                   18

Subdivision A—Working out amounts for employment entitlements         18

19.......... Working out amounts for employment entitlements.......................... 18

Subdivision B—General rules for basic amounts for employment entitlements            19

20.......... Basic amount for annual leave entitlement......................................... 19

21.......... Basic amount for long service leave entitlement................................ 19

22.......... Basic amount for payment in lieu of notice entitlement..................... 19

23.......... Basic amount for redundancy pay entitlement................................... 19

24.......... Basic amount for wages entitlement.................................................. 20

Subdivision C—Special rules for basic amounts for employment entitlements              20

25.......... Disregarding recently agreed changes in terms and conditions......... 20

26.......... Applying maximum weekly wage rate—entitlements except wages entitlement       21

27.......... Applying maximum weekly wage rate—wages entitlement.............. 22

Part 4—Payment of advance                                                                                         24

28.......... Payment to eligible person or intermediary....................................... 24

Part 5—Recovery of advance                                                                                        25

Division 1—Recovery through winding up or bankruptcy                     25

29.......... Recovery of advance paid to liquidator............................................. 25

30.......... Recovery of some amounts of advance paid to bankruptcy trustee... 25

31.......... Recovery in other circumstances....................................................... 26

32.......... Amounts of advance attributable to particular employment entitlements if advance reduced for debts to employer  27

33.......... Recovery of advance for employment for partnership....................... 28

Division 2—Recovery from person eligible for advance                         29

34.......... Recovery from person eligible for advance....................................... 29

Part 6—Administration                                                                                                     30

Division 1—Decision-making about advances                                               30

35.......... Presuming accuracy of certain information....................................... 30

36.......... Giving notice of decisions made under section 15............................ 30

Division 2—Review of decisions about advances                                         31

Subdivision A—Internal review on the Secretary’s own initiative               31

37.......... Review on the Secretary’s own initiative.......................................... 31

Subdivision B—Internal review on application                                                32

38.......... Application for review by Secretary.................................................. 32

39.......... Action on application for review....................................................... 33

Subdivision C—Review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal                33

40.......... Application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review........ 33

41.......... Limit on review of decision on amount of advance........................... 34

Division 3—Information management                                                              35

42.......... Use and disclosure of personal information by the Department for administering this Act      35

43.......... Use and disclosure of personal information by insolvency practitioners and payment intermediaries      35

44.......... Use and disclosure of personal information by persons making payments to former employees             36

45.......... Disclosure of personal information to certain agencies..................... 36

Division 4—Arrangements for information and dealing with payments               37

46.......... Arrangements for information and dealing with payments................ 37

Division 5—Delegation                                                                                               38

47.......... Delegation of Secretary’s powers and functions............................... 38

48.......... Delegation of Minister’s powers....................................................... 39

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        40

49.......... Extended operation of this Act in relation to employers in administration under the Corporations Act 2001            40

50.......... Schemes for assistance of workers who were not employees........... 41

51.......... Appropriation.................................................................................... 42

52.......... Recoverable payments....................................................................... 42

53.......... Reports about recoverable payments................................................. 42

54.......... Right to financial assistance may be reduced, cancelled etc. without compensation  44

55.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 44

 



A Bill for an Act to provide for financial assistance for workers who have not been fully paid for work done for insolvents or bankrupts, and for related purposes

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