Rudd sneaks in crucial change to IR laws

The Rudd government has sneaked in an eleventh hour change to its unfair dismissal code which will force small busineses to pay 'go-away' money to aggrieved employees, the federal opposition claims.


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Sorry, if the boss cannot tell a worker when they are going wrong, they should not be in business. This does not take much time. The so call change actually makes it clearer and easier for the boss.

It does not make it clearer and easier for the boss, you are confusing two issues here... This change relates to when an employee has been terminated, not during employment when you would typically tell an employee where they have gone wrong and try to fix the problem. It is extrememly costly to train staff and a good boss will not simply sack someone for no reason or without at least trying to make a go of it to get a return on their investment in training the employee in the first place. This change means that when an employee is terminated, AFTER going through the "what you have done wrong" process, if they claim unfair dismissal the employer must PROVE in writing they did everything possible to keep the employee on and what the employee did to warrant termination. In the past the employee had to prove the employer didn't give a crap and just sacked them for no good reason. This change means anyone who has done the wrong thing and hates their boss can effectively get paid to "go away" as the costs involved to go to arbitration let alone court are excessive to say the least. I as a small busuiness employer will not be employing anymore staff as a direct result of this clause and will be holding monthly staff reviews in writing that the employee must sign as a direct result of this change.

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