Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission

Five minutes’ more work is a significant effect, but major change?

Commissioner Emmanuel gave an interpretation of a notification of change clause in the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Perth Teachers Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2012

The Commission held that any change to hours of work will have a significant effect on employees.  However, for the change to trigger the consultation obligations under the agreement, it must be a ‘major change’.  Not every change that has a significant effect is a ‘major change’.  Whether the change is a major change will depend on the circumstances. 

The decision can be read here.

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