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Fair Pay Agreement - Discussion Document

Date: 13/11/2019

The Government has recently released a discussion document seeking public feedback on how to design a Fair Pay Agreement (FPA) system. This follows the report of a Government Working Group, led by Jim Bolger, which released recommendations for an FPA system in December last year.
In short, the FPA model could result in nation-wide collective agreements being negotiated which cover all employees and employers within a particular sector. This model would extend beyond just wages or salary, and in its current form would include hours of work, overtime, redundancy, leave entitlements and a number of other terms and conditions.
My opinion piece today in the Dom Post (see link), highlights the importance of employers making their voice heard as part of the consultation process on Fair Pay Agreements. This is particularly so for smaller employers who will be required to comply with sector-wide agreements, even where they are negotiated without their input.
If you would like to submit on the discussion document, a link can be found here. Submissions close on 27 November 2019.
If you want to know more about the FPA proposal, or would like assistance with preparing a submission, please get in contact with our team at Dundas Street.