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Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Bill 2008

Schedule 3 Functions of the Australian Fair Pay Commission

   

Workplace Relations Act 1996

1  Subsection 4(1) (definition of new APCS )

Omit “subsection 214(1)”, substitute “section 178”.

2  Subsection 22(1) (paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) of the note)

Repeal the paragraphs, substitute:

(b)           adjusting special FMWs for employees with a disability;

(c)           adjusting basic periodic rates of pay and basic piece rates of pay payable to employees or employees of particular classifications.

3  Section 176 (notes 1 and 2)

Repeal the notes, substitute:

Note:          Any additional considerations or limitations on the exercise of the AFPC’s powers are set out in the various sections of this Division (including section 222).

4  Section 177

Repeal the section.

5  Section 178 (definition of default casual loading percentage )

Omit “subsection 186(1)”, substitute “section 186”.

6  Section 178 (definition of new APCS )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

new APCS means an APCS determined under subsection 214(1) of this Act before the repeal of that subsection by the Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Act 2008 .

7  Section 178 (definition of special FMW )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

special FMW means a special FMW determined under section 197 of this Act before the repeal of that section by the Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Act 2008 .

8  Paragraphs 182(4)(b) and (c)

Repeal the paragraphs, substitute:

                     (b)  there is a special FMW for the employee;

9  Section 186

Repeal the section, substitute:

186   Default casual loading percentage

                   The default casual loading percentage is 20%.

10  Sections 187 and 188

Repeal the sections.

11  Subparagraphs 190(1)(a)(iii) and (iv)

Repeal the subparagraphs, substitute:

                            (iii)  adjusting a new APCS; and

12  Subsection 190(4)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (4)  This section does not limit the AFPC’s power to adjust APCSs made for the purpose of section 220 before the repeal of that section by the Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Act 2008 .

13  Subparagraphs 191(1)(a)(iii) and (iv)

Repeal the subparagraphs, substitute:

                            (iii)  adjusting a new APCS; and

14  Subsection 191(4)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (4)  This section does not limit the AFPC’s power to adjust APCSs made for the purpose of section 220 before the repeal of that section by the Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Act 2008 .

15  Paragraphs 192(1)(b), (c) and (d)

Repeal the paragraphs, substitute:

                     (b)  adjusting a new APCS.

16  Subsection 193(1)

Omit “Subject to subsection (3), when exercising its power to make an APCS, or”, substitute “When exercising its power”.

17  Subsection 193(1) (note 1)

Omit “, or to any new APCS that replaces the preserved APCS”.

18  Subsection 193(3)

Repeal the subsection.

19  Subsection 194(2)

Repeal the subsection.

20  Subsection 194(4)

Repeal the subsection.

21  Subsection 195(1)

Omit “$12.75”, substitute “$13.74”.

22  Paragraph 196(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  section 176; and

23  Sections 197 and 198

Repeal the sections.

24  Paragraph 200(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  section 176; and

25  Subsection 200(3)

Repeal the subsection.

26  Subsection 201(1)

Omit “(1)”.

27  Subsection 201(2)

Repeal the subsection.

28  Subsection 202(4)

Omit all the words before paragraph (a), substitute:

             (4)  The AFPC must not adjust an APCS so that it includes provisions that:

29  Subsection 203(4)

Omit all the words after “to adjust”, substitute “an APCS”.

30  Paragraph 205(2)(b)

Omit “an APCS made in accordance with Subdivision M”, substitute “a new APCS determined in accordance with Subdivision M of Division 2 of Part 7 of this Act before the repeal of that Subdivision by the Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Act 2008 ”.

31  Section 206

Repeal the section.

32  Subsection 207(3)

Repeal the subsection.

33  Subdivision J of Division 2 of Part 7

Repeal the Subdivision.

34  Subdivision K of Division 2 of Part 7 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Subdivision K Australian Pay and Classification Scales: duration and adjustment of APCSs (preserved or new)

35  Section 215

Omit “revocation or”.

36  Paragraph 216(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  section 176; and

37  Section 217

Repeal the section.

38  Subdivision M of Division 2 of Part 7

Repeal the Subdivision, substitute:

Subdivision M Special provisions relating to APCSs for employees with a disability

219A   Coverage of special APCSs for employees with a disability

             (1)  This section applies in relation to an APCS (the special APCS ) that was determined in accordance with section 220 of this Act before the repeal of that section by the Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Act 2008 .

             (2)  The special APCS is taken not to cover the employment of a particular employee if:

                     (a)  there is another APCS that covers the employment of the employee (disregarding the effect that paragraph 205(2)(b) would otherwise have because of the special APCS); and

                     (b)  that other APCS determines a basic periodic rate of pay specifically for a particular class of employees with a disability; and

                     (c)  the employee’s employment is covered by that other APCS because the employee is a member of that class; and

                     (d)  that class is the same as, or is a subclass of, the employees whose employment would otherwise be covered by the special APCS.

             (3)  Without limiting the power of the AFPC to adjust APCSs under section 216, the AFPC may adjust the special APCS under that section.

39  Subsection 222(1)

Omit “sections 176 and 177”, substitute “section 176”.

40  Subsection 222(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (2)  For the purposes of the Acts referred to in paragraph (1)(c), and of paragraph (1)(e), the AFPC does not discriminate against an employee or employees by (in accordance with this Division):

                     (a)  adjusting rate provisions in an APCS that determine a basic periodic rate of pay for:

                              (i)  all junior employees, or a class of junior employees; or

                             (ii)  all employees with a disability, or a class of employees with a disability; or

                            (iii)  all employees to whom training arrangements apply, or a class of employees to whom training arrangements apply; or

                     (b)  adjusting a special FMW for all employees with a disability, or a class of employees with a disability.

41  After paragraph 861(1)(c)

Insert:

                    (ca)  Division 2 of Part 7 has effect as if the definition of APCS in section 178 were modified by omitting “or a new APCS”; and

42  Subparagraph 861(1)(d)(i)

Omit “J,”.

43  Subparagraph 861(1)(d)(ii)

Omit “206, 207, 216 and 217”, substitute “207 and 216”.

44  At the end of subparagraph 861(1)(d)(iv)

Add “and”.

45  Subparagraph 861(1)(d)(v)

Repeal the subparagraph.

46  Paragraph 864(1)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  is of a rate provision (within the meaning of Division 2 of Part 7).

47  Paragraph 864(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  section 176; and

48  Subsection 864(4)

Repeal the subsection.

49  Subsection 865(1)

Omit “set or”.

50  Paragraphs 865(1)(a) and (b)

Omit “setting or”.

51  Subsection 865(2)

Omit “sets or”.

52  Paragraphs 865(2)(a) and (b)

Omit “setting or”.

53  Wage reviews in progress before commencement time—previous wage-setting powers of the AFPC

(1)       This item applies to a wage review that is being conducted by AFPC under Division 2 of Part 2 of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 before the commencement time if:

                     (a)  the wage review relates to whether the AFPC should exercise a previous wage-setting power of the AFPC; and

                     (b)  the wage review is not completed before the commencement time.

(2)       The AFPC is not to continue to conduct the wage review after the commencement time, to the extent that the wage review relates to the exercise of the previous wage-setting power of the AFPC.

(3)       In this item:

commencement time means the time when this Schedule commences.

previous wage-setting power of the AFPC means a power that:

                     (a)  was a wage-setting power of the AFPC under Division 2 of Part 7 of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 , as in force immediately before the commencement time; and

                     (b)  is not a wage-setting power of the AFPC under Division 2 of Part 7 of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 , as amended by this Schedule.