Enterprise Bargaining, Negotiation and IR Masterclass - Perth
21 April 2017
8:30am - 5:00pm Perth
Don't miss the opportunity to hear from the Fair Work Commission about its approach, and hear from our special guest speaker Belinda Honey from Strategic Human Resources on tips and tricks around bargaining.
Learn from a negotiation and IR expert Glen Bartlett about IR strategy, bargaining-related industrial action and the process for approval of enterprise agreements and receive valuable insights, checklists and our own Bartlett Workplace Enterprise Bargaining Booklet.
Under the Fair Work Act employers face complex challenges in the way they approach enterprise bargaining. Unions have trained their delegates who are responsible for bargaining and in some cases produced comprehensive bargaining manuals for their use. It is therefore vital the right people within your organisation are equipped with the skills to both understand the enterprise bargaining regime in Australia and maximise opportunities for the business to effectively negotiate with its workforce.
There are critical elements to the legal framework including:
- How bargaining may commence;
- The ability of each and every employee within the scope of the proposed agreement to appoint a bargaining representative;
- Various applications Bargaining Representatives can make to the Fair Work Commission including applications for a 'scope order' which can delay the bargaining and change the bargaining dynamic;
- Content which may and must not be included in an enterprise agreement;
- The safety net (National Employment Standards and Modern Awards) which underpin enterprise agreements;
- The requirement to bargain in good faith - what does it require and what does it not require; and
- The process to have agreements approved by the Fair Work Commission.
Who is the training for?
A practical day of training with interactive discussions is designed for management and HR/IR practitioners charged with the responsibility of enterprise bargaining, decision makers or the communications team who form part of the Enterprise Bargaining team.
What will the training cover?
- Informative session with IR experts;
- Explore the critical aspects of the Fair Work Act including: parties to an agreement, type of agreements, commencement of bargaining and good faith bargaining;
- Learn about IR strategy, bargaining-related industrial action and the process for approval of enterprise agreements;
- Consideration will be given to the Fair Work Commission's perspective on enterprise bargaining including the approach it takes towards the approval of enterprise agreements and which employees should be covered by an agreement;
- Development of useful resource documents to support management in the process;
- How to aid in dispute resolution including dealing with industrial action and the agreement approval process;
- Hear from communication experts on the importance of developing communication strategies; and
- Learn more about the role that technology places in the process such as on-line voting systems that can be used across several digital devices.
What are the anticipated learning outcomes:
- Hands on and practical approach to understanding employer requirements and responsibility with respect to enterprise bargaining;
- The ability of each and every employee within the scope of the proposed agreement to be able to appoint a Bargaining Representative and possible responses by employees;
- Understanding the process to have agreements approved by the Fair Work Commission; and
- Provision of resource materials worth thousands of dollars.
The training provides attendees with practical documents designed to assist the in developing strategies and bargaining. All participants will be provided with a workbook of material including checklists and the Bartlett Workplace Enterprise Bargaining Booklet. Our clients and past participants have found the practical material extremely useful.