PR583063 - Variation - 29 Jul 2016

MA000014  PR583063
FAIR WORK COMMISSION

DETERMINATION


Fair Work Act 2009

s.156 - 4 yearly review of modern awards

4 yearly review of modern awards—Annual leave
(AM2014/47)

RACING INDUSTRY GROUND MAINTENANCE AWARD 2010
[MA000014]

Racing industry

JUSTICE ROSS,PRESIDENT
DEPUTY PRESIDENT KOVACIC
COMMISSIONER HAMPTON

MELBOURNE,29 JULY 2016

4 yearly review of modern awards - annual leave common issue.

A. Further to the Full Bench decision issued by the Fair Work Commission on 24 June 2016 1,the above award is varied as follows:

1. By deleting clause 24.2 and inserting the following:

24.2 Close-down

(a) Where an employer intends temporarily to close (or reduce to nucleus) the place of employment or a section of it for the purpose,amongst others,of allowing annual leave to the employees concerned or a majority of them,the employer may give those employees one month’s notice in writing of an intention to apply the provisions of this clause. In the case of any employee engaged after notice has been given,notice must be given to that employee on the date of their engagement.

(b) Where an employee has been given notice pursuant to clause 24.2(a) and the employee has:

    (i) accrued sufficient annual leave to cover the full period of closing,the employee must take paid annual leave for the full period of closing;

    (ii) insufficient accrued annual leave to cover the full period of closing,the employee must take paid annual leave to the full amount accrued and leave without pay for the remaining period of the closing;or

    (iii) no accrued annual leave,the employee must take leave without pay for the full period of closing.

(c) Public holidays that fall within the period of close down will be paid as provided for in this award and will not count as a day of annual leave or leave without pay.

2. By renumbering clause 24.3 to 24.4 as 24.4 to 24.5 respectively.

3. By inserting a new clause 24.3 as follows:

24.3 Annual leave in advance

(a) An employer and employee may agree in writing to the employee taking a period of paid annual leave before the employee has accrued an entitlement to the leave.

(b) An agreement must:

    (i) state the amount of leave to be taken in advance and the date on which leave is to commence;and

    (ii) be signed by the employer and employee and,if the employee is under 18 years of age,by the employee’s parent or guardian.

    Note:An example of the type of agreement required by clause 24.3 is set out at Schedule F. There is no requirement to use the form of agreement set out at Schedule F.

(c) The employer must keep a copy of any agreement under clause 24.3 as an employee record.

(d) If,on the termination of the employee’s employment,the employee has not accrued an entitlement to all of a period of paid annual leave already taken in accordance with an agreement under clause 24.3,the employer may deduct from any money due to the employee on termination an amount equal to the amount already that was paid to the employee in respect of any part of the period of that annual leave taken in advance to which an entitlement has not been accrued.

4. By inserting clause 24.6 as follows:

24.6 Electronic funds transfer (EFT) payment of annual leave

Despite anything else in this clause,an employee paid by electronic funds transfer (EFT) may be paid in accordance with their usual pay cycle while on paid annual leave.

5. By inserting clause 24.7 as follows:

24.7 Cashing out of annual leave

(a) Paid annual leave must not be cashed out except in accordance with an agreement under clause 24.7.

(b) Each cashing out of a particular amount of paid annual leave must be the subject of a separate agreement under clause 24.7.

(c) An employer and an employee may agree in writing to the cashing out of a particular amount of accrued paid annual leave by the employee.

(d) An agreement under clause 24.7 must state:

    (i) the amount of leave to be cashed out and the payment to be made to the employee for it;and

    (ii) the date on which the payment is to be made.

(e) An agreement under clause 24.7 must be signed by the employer and employee and,if the employee is under 18 years of age,by the employee’s parent or guardian.

(f) The payment must not be less than the amount that would have been payable had the employee taken the leave at the time the payment is made.

(g) An agreement must not result in the employee’s remaining accrued entitlement to paid annual leave being less than 4 weeks.

(h) The maximum amount of accrued paid annual leave that may be cashed out in any period of 12 months is 2 weeks.

(i) The employer must keep a copy of any agreement under clause 24.7 as an employee record.

Note 1:Under section 344 of the Fair Work Act,an employer must not exert undue influence or undue pressure on an employee to make,or not make,an agreement under clause 24.7.

Note 2:Under section 345(1) of the Fair Work Act,a person must not knowingly or recklessly make a false or misleading representation about the workplace rights of another person under clause 24.7.

Note 3:An example of the type of agreement required by clause 24.7 is set out at Schedule G. There is no requirement to use the form of agreement set out at Schedule G.

6. By inserting Schedule F—Agreement to Take Annual Leave in Advance as follows:

Schedule F—Agreement to Take Annual Leave in Advance

Name of employee:_____________________________________________

Name of employer:_____________________________________________

The employer and employee agree that the employee will take a period of paid annual leave before the employee has accrued an entitlement to the leave:

The amount of leave to be taken in advance is:____ hours/days

The leave in advance will commence on:___/___/20___

Signature of employee:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

Name of employer
representative:________________________________________

Signature of employer
representative:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

[If the employee is under 18 years of age - include:]

I agree that:

if,on termination of the employee’s employment,the employee has not accrued an entitlement to all of a period of paid annual leave already taken under this agreement,then the employer may deduct from any money due to the employee on termination an amount equal to the amount that was paid to the employee in respect of any part of the period of annual leave taken in advance to which an entitlement has not been accrued.

Name of parent/guardian:________________________________________

Signature of parent/guardian:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

7. By inserting Schedule G—Agreement to Cash Out Annual Leave as follows:

Schedule G—Agreement to Cash Out Annual Leave

Name of employee:_____________________________________________

Name of employer:_____________________________________________

The employer and employee agree to the employee cashing out a particular amount of the employee’s accrued paid annual leave:

The amount of leave to be cashed out is:____ hours/days

The payment to be made to the employee for the leave is:$_______ subject to deduction of income tax/after deduction of income tax (strike out where not applicable)

The payment will be made to the employee on:___/___/20___

Signature of employee:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

Name of employer
representative:________________________________________

Signature of employer
representative:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

Include if the employee is under 18 years of age:

Name of parent/guardian:________________________________________

Signature of parent/guardian:________________________________________

Date signed:___/___/20___

8. By updating the table of contents and cross-references accordingly.

B. This determination comes into operation from 29 July 2016. In accordance with s.165(3) of the Fair Work Act 2009 this determination does not take effect until the start of the first full pay period that starts on or after 29 July 2016.

PRESIDENT

 1  [2016] FWCFB 3953;see also [2015] FWCFB 3406,[2015] FWCFB 5771 and [2016] FWCFB 3177

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