The rate of pay of a worker under an enterprise agreement must not be lower than the corresponding rate of pay under the modern bonus that would apply to the worker or under a national minimum wage scale. The Fair Work Commission can then help some low-paid workers and their employers negotiate an agreement on several companies and make a decision in certain circumstances. Multi-company agreements are much less common and are concluded between two or more employers who are not employers with a single interest. Enterprise negotiations are the process of negotiation in general between employers, workers and their representatives in order to conclude an enterprise agreement. The Fair Work Act 2009 sets out a number of clear rules and obligations on how this process should proceed, including rules on negotiations, the content of business agreements and how an agreement is concluded and approved. Employers, workers and their representatives are involved in the process of negotiating a proposed enterprise agreement. The employer must notify its employees of the right to be represented by a negotiator when negotiating an enterprise agreement (with the exception of an agreement on green grasslands) and no later than 14 days after the deadline for notification of the agreement (usually the start of negotiations). Disclosure should be notified to any current worker who is covered by the enterprise agreement. The Fair Work Commission can also help employers and workers who are embarking on the “New Approaches” program. Learn more about the new approaches on the Fair Labour Commission website. The procedures for approving enterprise agreements vary depending on the type of agreement. In addition, a worker`s bargaining representative who is covered by the agreement cannot conduct standard negotiations on the agreement.
Typical negotiations are those where a negotiator represents two or more proposed enterprise agreements and wants to enter into joint agreements with two or more employers. However, it is not a standard negotiation if the negotiator is really trying to reach an agreement. Enterprise agreements are based on the minimum conditions of Modern Awards and/or vary them.