Commission urges Church employers to review contracts
The Australian Catholic Commission for Employment Relations is encouraging organisations within the Church to review current agreements, employment contracts, policies and procedures in anticipation of the commencement of WorkChoices.
The advice is contained in the March issue of Employment Relations News, which takes the theme 'WorkChoices: What do you need to know and do now?'.
After being passed by both houses of parliament, the Workplace Relations Amendment (WorkChoices) Act 2005 ("WorkChoices") received Royal Assent on 14 December. The emphasis of the changes is on employers and employees determining their own arrangements. Conciliation and arbitration will no longer be the cornerstone of the Australian workplace relations system.
The Commission reassures Church employers that there is no need to panic or rush, as there is adequate time for them to consider their position, given the transitional timeframes.
ACCER has also produced a briefing paper for Church employers on the issue of Constitutional Corporations and the Church employer.
Workchoices: What do you need to know and do now? (Australian Catholic Coommission for Employment Relations March 2006)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Australian Catholic Commission for Employment Relations
The Regulation of Church Employment under "Work Choices:" What are Constitutional Corporations? (ACCER Jnauary 2006)
Commission advises Catholic employers on new legislation (CathNews 27/1/06)
14 Mar 2006