Enterprise Agreements


How to develop an enterprise agreement? 

Enterprise agreements are pivotal in the Australian industrial relations landscape. They are agreements made at an enterprise level between employers and employees about terms and conditions of employment. Saines Legal offers expert guidance in drafting, negotiating, and implementing these agreements, ensuring they meet the needs of both employers and employees while complying with Australian labour laws.

Understanding Enterprise Agreements

Enterprise agreements are tailored to meet the specific needs of a particular business, differing from industry-wide awards. They cover a range of employment aspects, including wages, working hours, training, overtime, and dispute resolution processes. These agreements can offer greater flexibility, tailored conditions, and enhanced productivity arrangements beneficial to both parties.

The Negotiation Process

The negotiation of enterprise agreements is a collaborative process that requires clear communication and a deep understanding of industrial relations. Saines Legal assists in facilitating this process, ensuring that all parties have a clear understanding of their rights and obligations, and that the agreement is fair and beneficial.

Legal Requirements and Fair Work Commission Approval

In Australia, enterprise agreements must meet specific legal requirements and be approved by the Fair Work Commission. This includes ensuring that employees are better off overall when compared to the relevant award. Saines Legal’s expertise is crucial in navigating this approval process, ensuring that the agreements are compliant and fair.

Saines Legal’s Role

Our role includes:

  • Advising on the legal framework and requirements for enterprise agreements.
  • Assisting in the negotiation and drafting of the agreement.
  • Representing employers during the Fair Work Commission approval process.
  • Providing ongoing support and advice post-approval.

Should I seek legal advice to draft an Enterprise Agreement? 

Crafting an enterprise agreement that balances the needs of the business with the rights of employees requires careful consideration and expertise. Saines Legal is adept at guiding businesses through this process, ensuring that the final agreement is both compliant with Australian law and conducive to a positive and productive workplace. For professional assistance with enterprise agreements, Saines Legal is your trusted partner.

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