Australias new work policy to battle recession - one warning and you”re fired!

November 26th, 2008 - 6:29 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Nov 26 (ANI): The new policy of giving only one warning before firing someone may help Australia avoid a recession, but it will still make people lose their jobs, warns the OECD.

The new workplace regime does away with the old workplace law of getting three warnings before you are fired, and Small Business Minister Craig Emerson stated that just one warning would be enough.

The new law, which also prevents any unfair dismissals and is an important concession to small businesses, is applied to any employee who commits theft, fraud or violence in the workplace.

You just say you”re finished, quoted Emerson as telling ABC Television.

In other circumstances, employees, who have worked for longer than 12 months, would have one chance to improve their performance.

No three written warnings, appropriately spaced over time, no legalistic processes, he stated.

Under labour laws, three million more workers will have access to protection against unfair dismissal, almost doubling the number now protected.

Casual employees will be covered for the first time, and unfair dismissal protection will be available to workers in businesses with fewer than 100 employees provided they have worked there for six months.

Workers at small businesses with fewer than 15 employees will also receive unfair dismissal protection provided they have worked there for 12 months.

Acting Prime Minister and Workplace Relations Minister Julia Gillard introduced Labor’’s Fair Work Bill into parliament yesterday, saying the new laws will restore balance to workplace rights and protection for workers. (ANI)

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