Chamber Concerned over New Legislation

The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia), January 16, 2010 | Go to article overview

Chamber Concerned over New Legislation


Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has today indicated significant apprehension over the introduction of the Federal Government's new 'fair work' national employment standards and modern industrial awards.

CCIQ President David Goodwin said hundreds of thousands of businesses have seen dramatically altered industrial relations arrangements for their workplace and a week after the introduction, many are yet to be fully conscious of what the changes entail.

"Aside from dramatic increases to employee entitlements, the biggest problem is the one-size-fits-all approach," Mr Goodwin said.

"There is almost no flexibility for businesses under these new arrangements and a lack of flexibility leads to unfairness and lower productivity.

"These changes, together with the new unfair dismissal and collective bargaining laws, significantly add cost and complexity to being an employer in Queensland."

Mr Goodwin said the introduction of the new legislation will cause headaches for small and medium businesses which do not have dedicated human resource or industrial relations experts on staff to assist with the transition.

"Employers will look at these new laws and say there's too many new rules and regulations and will asses their options for reducing their exposure, such as casualisation or even lower staffing arrangements," Mr Goodwin said. …

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