Fair Work Amendment Regulation 2013 (No. 2)

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Fair Work Amendment Regulation 2013 (No. 2)
 
Select Legislative Instrument No. 139, 2013
I, Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor‑General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following regulation under the Fair Work Act 2009.
Dated 28 June 2013
Quentin Bryce
Governor‑General
By Her Excellency’s Command
William Richard Shorten
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
 
 
  
  
Contents
1............ Name of regulation.............................................................................. 1
2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1
3............ Authority............................................................................................. 1
4............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 1
Schedule 1—Amendments commencing on 1 July 2013                                2
Fair Work Regulations 2009                                                                                     2
Schedule 2—Amendments commencing on 1 January 2014                       3
Fair Work Regulations 2009                                                                                     3
 
1  Name of regulation
                   This regulation is the Fair Work Amendment Regulation 2013 (No. 2).
2  Commencement
                   Each provision of this regulation specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.
 
Commencement information

Column 1
Column 2
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Provision(s)
Commencement
Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 4 and anything in this regulation not elsewhere covered by this table
1 July 2013
1 July 2013

2.  Schedule 1
1 July 2013
1 July 2013

3.  Schedule 2
1 January 2014
1 January 2014

3  Authority
                   This regulation is made under the Fair Work Act 2009.
4  Schedule(s)
                   Each instrument that is specified in a Schedule to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this instrument has effect according to its terms.
Schedule 1—Amendments commencing on 1 July 2013
  
Fair Work Regulations 2009
1  Regulation 2.01
Before “For subsection”, insert “(1)”.
2  At the end of Regulation 2.01
Add:
             (2)  For subsection 124(4) of the Act, a Fair Work Information Statement must set out the circumstances, described in subsections 65(1A) and (1B) of the Act, in which an employee may request a change in working arrangements.
Schedule 2—Amendments commencing on 1 January 2014
  
Fair Work Regulations 2009
1  Model consultation term in Schedule 2.3
Repeal the term, substitute:
Model consultation term
             (1)  This term applies if the employer:
                     (a)  has made a definite decision to introduce a major change to production, program, organisation, structure or technology in relation to its enterprise that is likely to have a significant effect on the employees; or
                     (b)  proposes to introduce a change to the regular roster or ordinary hours of work of employees.
Major change
             (2)  For a major change referred to in paragraph (1)(a):
                     (a)  the employer must notify the relevant employees of the decision to introduce the major change; and
                     (b)  subclauses (3) to (9) apply.
             (3)  The relevant employees may appoint a representative for the purposes of the procedures in this term.
             (4)  If:
                     (a)  a relevant employee appoints, or relevant employees appoint, a representative for the purposes of consultation; and
                     (b)  the employee or employees advise the employer of the identity of the representative;
the employer must recognise the representative.
             (5)  As soon as practicable after making its decision, the employer must:
                     (a)  discuss with the relevant employees:
                              (i)  the introduction of the change; and
                             (ii)  the effect the change is likely to have on the employees; and
                            (iii)  measures the employer is taking to avert or mitigate the adverse effect of the change on the employees; and
                     (b)  for the purposes of the discussion—provide, in writing, to the relevant employees:
                              (i)  all relevant information about the change including the nature of the change proposed; and
                             (ii)  information about the expected effects of the change on the employees; and
                            (iii)  any other matters likely to affect the employees.
             (6)  However, the employer is not required to disclose confidential or commercially sensitive information to the relevant employees.
             (7)  The employer must give prompt and genuine consideration to matters raised about the major change by the relevant employees.
             (8)  If a term in this agreement provides for a major change to production, program, organisation, structure or technology in relation to the enterprise of the employer, the requirements set out in paragraph (2)(a) and subclauses (3) and (5) are taken not to apply.
             (9)  In this term, a major change is likely to have a significant effect on employees if it results in:
                     (a)  the termination of the employment of employees; or
                     (b)  major change to the composition, operation or size of the employer’s workforce or to the skills required of employees; or
                     (c)  the elimination or diminution of job opportunities (including opportunities for promotion or tenure); or
                     (d)  the alteration of hours of work; or
                     (e)  the need to retrain employees; or
                      (f)  the need to relocate employees to another workplace; or
                     (g)  the restructuring of jobs.
Change to regular roster or ordinary hours of work
           (10)  For a change referred to in paragraph (1)(b):
                     (a)  the employer must notify the relevant employees of the proposed change; and
                     (b)  subclauses (11) to (15) apply.
           (11)  The relevant employees may appoint a representative for the purposes of the procedures in this term.
           (12)  If:
                     (a)  a relevant employee appoints, or relevant employees appoint, a representative for the purposes of consultation; and
                     (b)  the employee or employees advise the employer of the identity of the representative;
the employer must recognise the representative.
           (13)  As soon as practicable after proposing to introduce the change, the employer must:
                     (a)  discuss with the relevant employees the introduction of the change; and
                     (b)  for the purposes of the discussion—provide to the relevant employees:
                              (i)  all relevant information about the change, including the nature of the change; and
                             (ii)  information about what the employer reasonably believes will be the effects of the change on the employees; and
                            (iii)  information about any other matters that the employer reasonably believes are likely to affect the employees; and
                     (c)  invite the relevant employees to give their views about the impact of the change (including any impact in relation to their family or caring responsibilities).
           (14)  However, the employer is not required to disclose confidential or commercially sensitive information to the relevant employees.
           (15)  The employer must give prompt and genuine consideration to matters raised about the change by the relevant employees.
           (16)  In this term:
relevant employees means the employees who may be affected by a change referred to in subclause (1).
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