Four yearly review of modern awards - Annual leave

Lisa Qiu

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) is in the process of undertaking the first four yearly review of modern awards (commencing in 2014). The review involves an intensive examination of all modern awards, and proposals for adjustment from employers and employees and their associations and unions, as well as a “plain language” project to improve the readability of awards. The review is picking up many issues which could not be dealt with during the award modernisation process in 2009.

Among the issues being addressed by the FWC are several aspects of annual leave:

On 23 May 2016, the FWC released a 104 page decision canvassing the submissions made by all interested parties on previous in-principle decisions, and determined which model clauses would be inserted into which awards. 

The model clauses dealing with:

The model clauses:

When the changes will take effect has yet to be determined, but we will provide information about this to our clients as the review process comes to a conclusion.

If you’re unsure of whether you are affected by the changes, or would like to know more about the changes, contact our Employment Law team:

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