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The regulations: * make clear that an employee or worker does not have to suffer a reduction in take home pay before seeking a take home pay order * make clear that orders are not limited to back pay, but can include an order maintaining a pre-existing pay rate * provide guidance about the range of classes of employees or workers in respect of which take home pay orders may be made * make sure that variations to a modern award made during the first six months of their operation to address residual issues and bed down the award are able to be considered in assessing whether there is a reduction in take home pay * make clear that modern awards can include take home pay order provisions and set out the basis upon which such orders can be made * ensure the validity of certain terms included in the modern award as a result of variations made by Fair Work Australia in finalising the modern award process.
nEwS Take home pay orders to protect aged care nurses The QNU is one step closer to gaining proper protections for aged care nurses who risk having their pays cut or frozen under the new modern nursing award. After strenuous campaigning by the QNU, NSWNA and ANF, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard in May announced changes to the Fair Work Act that have strengthened the system of take home pay orders. Under the amended regulations, take home pay orders can now be sought for classes or groups of employees before their wages are reduced, and take into account variations to modern awards. The changes to the regulations were announced soon after the QNU, NSWNA and ANF applied to Fair Work Australia for take home pay orders for award reliant nurses in aged care. The QNU/NSWNA/ANF application was made when Why were the regulations changed? The new regulations address concerns raised by unions about aged care employers, still under the award system, failed to the potential operation of the take home pay provisions and guarantee that no nurse would suffer a reduction in their take in particular address suggestions that: home pay as a result of the introduction of the new national modern nursing award. » Take home pay orders had to be sought on behalf of named employees rather than a class of employees. What do the amended regulations do? » An employee had to wait until their pay is cut before The regulations clarify the intended scope and operation of seeking an order. take home pay orders. The regulations: » The types of orders Fair Work Australia could make were » make clear that an employee or worker does not have to limited to orde
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