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					AIM and the new “Modern Awards”
In January 2010, the new modern awards will come in to force and apply to the majority of
residential aged care facilities across Australia. These new awards will impact employers in all states
and territories and it is strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the awards that are
applicable to your business and the new National Employment Standards. The major industrial
relations advisors in each state will be running seminars and sending out information that should be
of assistance. Below is a brief summary of the items that we believe are of particular interest:

Aged Care Award 2010
Classifications
    • It will be necessary to determine the correct classification for every employee. For example a
         personal care worker grade 2 under the Victorian HASA Award will probably become a
         personal care worker grade 3 under the new award.
    • Generally there is no longer a requirement for pay points within classifications, however
         some classification such as Aged Care Employee Level 1 are only applicable for a fix period of
         employment.
Annual Leave Entitlements
    • An additional weeks annual leave for all “Day Workers” who work for 4 or more hours on 10
         or more weekends (similar to the current rules in the Victorian HASA Award)
    • An additional weeks annual leave for all “Shift Workers”. A shift worker is defined as an
         employee who is regularly rostered to work outside of the hours of 6:00am to 6:00pm
         Monday to Friday. Unfortunately the term “regularly” does not provide a quantifiable value
         so it will be necessary for the employer to determine if each employee is a day worker or a
         shift worker objectively.
Penalty Rates
    • Weekend penalty rates may have varied from existing awards.
    • Casual employees are no longer entitled to weekend penalty rates if they work less than 38
         hours per week.
    • Public holiday penalty rates may have varied from existing awards.
    • The hours that attract shift penalties may have varied from existing awards.
    • The rates of shift penalties may have varied from existing awards.


Nurses Award 2010
Classifications
    • Nursing Assistants are now covered by this award. It will be necessary to determine if the
         employee is a nursing assistant as defined by this award or a personal care worker under the
         Aged Care Award 2010
    • The number of pay points within each classification may have varied.
    • The number of hours required to advance to the next pay point may have varied.
Annual Leave Entitlements
    • 5 weeks annual leave for all full time employees but only 4 weeks loading.
    • An additional weeks annual leave for all part time “Shift Workers”. A shift worker is defined
         as an employee who is regularly rostered over seven days a week and regularly works on
         weekends.
Penalty Rates
   • Weekend penalty rates may have varied from existing awards.
   • Public holiday penalty rates may have varied from existing awards.
   • The hours that attract shift penalties may have varied from existing awards.
   • The rates of shift penalties may have varied from existing awards.
   • Afternoon and evening shift penalties no longer apply to weekends and public holidays.

The above items are not intended to be a comprehensive list of changes, just a listing of items that
have become apparent to us and will require some configuration changes within the AIM database.
For a complete list of the items that effect your businesswe suggest that you contact your industrial
relations advisor.


Changes to AIM
To take advantage of the improvements detailed below you must be running version 5.1 build 260 or
higher.
Configuring Awards
    • You now have the ability to specify 2 different annual leave tables for each grade, one for
        “Day Workers” and one for “Shift Workers”
    • Grades can now be configured to automatically increment to the next pay point after a
        number of months.
Employee Maintenance
    • Employees can now be allocated as either “Day Workers” or “Shift Workers” in a date
        specific table. On conversion from an earlier release the system has undertaken a default
        allocation based on previous employment history. See your release notes for more
        information.
Employee Reports
    • 2 new reports, Work History Analysis and Shift Worker Status Report have been added to
        assist you in determining the correct day or shift worker allocation.

What You Need To Do
    •   Set up the new awards that apply to your business. This includes the set up of the underlying
        rule tables and grade structures that the new awards will use.
    •   Allocate the appropriate grade from the new award to the existing employees. It should be
        noted that the new awards come into effect from 1st January, 2010, a Friday so it is highly
        likely that the first pay period in January will contain earnings under both the old and new
        awards.
    •   After the first pay period in January has been completed, remove the old grades from the
        employee.
    •   Determine if the automatic day/shift worker setting for each employee is appropriate.

As always, if you need assistance in setting up the new awards within AIM, our support team are
available to help. Just call 1300 651 321 between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday (AEDT) or
simply email support@aimsoftware.com.au

				
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