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Some employers found that their current difficulties in obtaining fair work board approval for agreements had yet to be resolved, and in some cases they were still waiting 6 months after seeking approval of their agreement. Strengthening control in the authorization process More than half of the employers surveyed struggled to get their most recent company agreement approved. One of the main reasons is the absence of the best overall test, the union opposing its application and also the obligation of commitment. Extended negotiation lengths Nearly 39% of employers surveyed said it took more than 12 months to negotiate an agreement and the overall duration of contract negotiation increased. As the Bundestag elections approach, the CCER will continue to monitor trends in the search for agreements and legislative developments and will inform members about them in our newsletters, in networking seminars and in other forums. If members have any questions or problems about company agreements, please contact one of our employment relationship specialists at T 9390 5255 to consult. In the past, the CCER has written to the Fair Work Commission to expedite the approval of our company agreements. Recent evidence indicates that the Commission`s process can take up to four months for a hearing for approval and possibly longer if issues are raised. Unfortunately, these delays affect the needs of employers and workers for certainty of employment conditions outcomes (which emerges from the survey as one of the main reasons employers negotiate).
A recent survey conducted by the law firm Ashurst among 160 Australian employers from all sectors yielded some interesting results on the current landscape of corporate negotiations and the impact of some of the changes to fair work legislation proposed by the federal laboratory on companies if elected. A majority of employers surveyed were also concerned about Labour`s proposals to ban employer lockouts during negotiations and limit the possibility of terminating expired company agreements. One of Laboratoire`s main proposals is the amendment of the Fair Work Act to restore compulsory arbitration in the context of company agreements. The survey found that 60% of employers were affected, with one respondent commenting that “the unions will have us at the Commission every other day”. Increased requirements for companies Before the approval of agreements by the Fair Work Commission, it increased. Nearly 68 percent of employers surveyed had to give companies their approval to get their deals approved, with comments such as “an unprecedented request for additional information and submissions,” “FWC asked companies that weren`t necessarily required for authorization,” and “requests from obscure companies”; convey some degree of frustration with this aspect of the current system….