Discussion paper on National Employment Standards

The Australian Government has released an exposure draft of its
proposed ten National Employment Standards (NES), together with a
discussion paper calling for public feedback by 4 April 2008.

The NES will cover the key minimum entitlements for all Australian
employees, to apply from 1 January 2010.  These entitlements will be
guaranteed in legislation so that they cannot be excluded or modified
in a way that undermines the safety net.

The NES are:

  1. Maximum weekly hours of work
  2. Requests by parents for flexible working arrangements
  3. Parental leave (and related entitlements)
  4. Annual leave
  5. Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave
  6. Community service leave
  7. Long service leave
  8. Public holidays
  9. Notice of termination and redundancy
  10. Fair Work Information Statement
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