Australian Employment Law

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Australian Employment Law I. Introduction The purpose of this essay is to construct an argument toward if the Fair Work Act of 20009 is a fair piece of legislation in terms of protecting the rights of employees and employers with regard to minimum wage determination statues, if need the Act is working for the people of Australia or if it is not working. This issue can easily be debated in terms of if the law meets the needs of the whole and not just some. Is the law efficient, equitable and sustainable or will it needs to be reformed due to social changes and needs of the Australian people? This paper also wants to discuss if the maximum amount hours worked by the people is fair also. Is the method by which this is determined reflective…show more content…
The importance of creating healthy and balanced work-life situations may not fall into these categories as the expectation of wage in comparison with hours per week worked does not create a personal or economic benefit. For these individuals working in these fields the expectations will be that they work long hours where possibly the agree wage does not equal out to in terms of time. Many employees get the same wage regardless if they work the 32 hours or 55 hours a week. It is argued that the Fair Work Act does not allow for concessions when it comes to these employees and that many companies take an unfair advantage of this expectation. It is an accepted practice. This is in the absence of unions because the Act does allow for flexible representation via unions and this was one of the goals of the…show more content…
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