Leave changes to mod­ern awards Hyne Tim­ber cel­e­brates em­ploy­ees achieve­ments

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AS PART of the four-yearly mod­ern award re­view, the Fair Work Com­mis­sion has now is­sued a Full Bench de­ci­sion amend­ing most mod­ern awards in the fol­low­ing ar­eas: • cash­ing out an­nual leave • tak­ing an­nual leave in ad­vance • man­ag­ing large (‘ex­ces­sive’) • an­nual leave bal­ances • pay­ment for an­nual leave.

Th­ese changes will ap­ply from the first pay pe­riod on or after 29 July 2016. Most mod­ern awards will be amended to in­clude th­ese changes, in­clud­ing the Tim­ber In­dus­try Award 2010. Should you wish to check if th­ese changes ap­ply to your par­tic­u­lar award, please con­tact the TTIA.

Cash­ing out an­nual leave

Most mod­ern awards will now al­low em­ploy­ees to cash out an­nual leave so long as: • an em­ployee has at least 4 weeks’

an­nual leave left after cash­ing out • there is a signed writ­ten agree­ment

be­tween the em­ployer and em­ployee • the max­i­mum amount of an­nual leave that is cashed out does not ex­ceed two weeks within a pe­riod of 12 months.

Tak­ing an­nual leave in ad­vance

Most mod­ern awards now al­low em­ploy­ees to take an­nual leave be­fore they have ac­crued it if their em­ployer agrees in writ­ing. The agree­ment needs to: • state how much an­nual leave is to be

taken in ad­vance • be signed by both the em­ployer and the

em­ployee • state the date on which the leave will com­mence. The Tim­ber In­dus­try Award 2010 will in­clude ex­am­ples of the agree­ments re­quired for cash­ing out an­nual leave and tak­ing an­nual leave in ad­vance.

Man­ag­ing ex­ces­sive an­nual leave bal­ances

The rules about what hap­pens if an em­ployee has ac­cu­mu­lated an ex­ces­sive an­nual leave bal­ance have been changed in some awards. Ex­ces­sive an­nual leave is when an em­ployee has ac­cu­mu­lated at least eight weeks of leave (or 10 weeks for a shift worker).

Di­rec­tion by em­ployer

If an em­ployee has an ex­ces­sive an­nual leave bal­ance and can’t agree with an em­ployer on when to take it, the em­ployer can: • di­rect the em­ployee, in writ­ing, that they must take one or more pe­ri­ods of their an­nual leave • give the em­ployee at least eight weeks’

no­tice (and not more • than12­months)ofwhen­the­leavewil­l­start.

Re­quest by em­ployee for leave

Some awards have a new clause al­low­ing em­ploy­ees with ex­ces­sive an­nual leave bal­ances to give their em­ployer writ­ten no­tice to take one or more pe­ri­ods of paid an­nual leave. An em­ployee can only give a no­tice to their em­ployer if the em­ployee has had an ex­ces­sive leave ac­crual for more than 6 months. Please note this clause will not take ef­fect un­til 29 July 2017.

Pay­ment for an­nual leave

Some awards say that an­nual leave has to be paid be­fore an em­ployee starts leave. A new clause will pro­vide that if an em­ployee is paid by elec­tronic funds trans­fer (EFT), they can con­tinue to be paid us­ing their usual pay cy­cle dur­ing pe­ri­ods of leave. Mem­bers can give the TTIA Hot­line a call if they have any ques­tions about the above (02 9264 0011). TTIA will be run­ning na­tional mem­ber­ship sem­i­nars later in the year deal­ing with th­ese spe­cific changes. Train­ing de­liv­ers com­pany-wide prin­ci­ples and tools for prob­lem solv­ing HYNE TIM­BER stopped to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of 19 em­ploy­ees at an event held on the lawns of their Tuan Mill near Mary­bor­ough.

While it wasn’t the first time this award-win­ning com­pany made news for its cel­e­bra­tion of em­ploy­ees, this par­tic­u­lar event was the first where three of the grad­u­ates were ac­tu­ally the em­ploy­ees of long term part­ner and fel­low iconic Mary­bor­ough busi­ness, Rich­ers Trans­port.

The cel­e­bra­tion marked the com­ple­tion of ei­ther a Cer­tifi­cate III or IV in Com­pet­i­tive Sys­tems and Prac­tices, a course re­quire­ment of all 570 Hyne Tim­ber em­ploy­ees na­tion­wide.

Fifty peo­ple at­tended the for­mal­i­ties and BBQ in­clud­ing John Suthers, Di­rec­tor of Train­ing and Skills (North Coast Re­gion) from the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing, Fraser Coast Re­gional Coun­cil­lor Anne Mad­dern and Chris Hyne, Di­rec­tor of Hyne Tim­ber.

Op­er­a­tions Man­ager and grad­u­ate him­self, James Hyne said cel­e­brat­ing achieve­ments was an im­por­tant el­e­ment of the train­ing re­quire­ments,

“We ask all our em­ploy­ees to un­der­take spe­cific train­ing in or­der to con­sis­tently par­tic­i­pate in key pro­cesses and pro­ce­dures through­out all Hyne Tim­ber’s 11 sites.

“The train­ing de­liv­ers our com­pany-wide prin­ci­ples and tools for prob­lem solv­ing and em­pow­er­ment of em­ploy­ees to strive for con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment, all of which are es­sen­tial for con­tem­po­rary man­u­fac­tur­ing and busi­ness growth.

“In re­turn, em­ploy­ees achieve an ac­cred­i­ta­tion, per­sonal skills from the train­ing prin­ci­ples and recog­ni­tion by their em­ployer.

“Tak­ing the time out to for­mally present cer­tifi­cates, shake hands and gen­er­ally en­joy each other’s com­pany over a BBQ away from the usual work area is a small to­ken of Hyne Tim­ber’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion for our ded­i­cated and com­mit­ted em­ploy­ees.

“This isn’t the first grad­u­a­tion event we have held, with two events held last year also at the Mill. This time, how­ever, I too was a grad­u­ate,” Mr Hyne said.

The grad­u­a­tion was also en­joyed by the Rich­ers Trans­port hi­er­ar­chy who, for the same rea­sons, were present to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of three of their em­ploy­ees who are based at the Tuan Mill.

By de­fault, they be­came part of the same train­ing, ap­ply­ing the same prin­ci­ples and work­ing closely with Hyne Tim­ber em­ploy­ees in a team en­vi­ron­ment.

Gra­ham Rich­ers, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the iconic Mary­bor­ough trans­port busi­ness said there was no doubt that their em­ploy­ees who work from the despatch area of the Tuan Mill had ben­e­fited from Hyne Tim­ber’s train­ing,

“There are stan­dards of re­port­ing, pre­sent­ing and prob­lem solv­ing, for ex­am­ple, that need to be con­sis­tent when per­ma­nently op­er­at­ing at a Hyne Tim­ber site and the tools they use are quite spe­cific.

“In ad­di­tion to our own train­ing cul­ture and com­mit­ments, our grad­u­at­ing em­ploy­ees ac­tu­ally asked to be in­cluded in Hyne Tim­ber’s train­ing as well. We recog­nised the value in them be­ing part of this broader sup­ply chain team us­ing the same pro­cesses,” Mr Rich­ers said.

The train­ing pro­gram at Hyne Tim­ber is par­tially Gov­ern­ment funded through both Com­mon­wealth In­cen­tives and the Na­tional Work­force De­vel­op­ment Fund (since re­placed by the ‘In­dus­try Skills Fund’).

Hyne Tim­ber em­ploys a num­ber of ded­i­cated fa­cil­i­ta­tors through­out its sites to en­sure on­go­ing train­ing and sys­tem im­ple­men­ta­tion con­tin­ues for both the grad­u­ates, and new em­ploy­ees.

Hyne Tim­ber is cur­rently a fi­nal­ist in the Queens­land North Coast Train­ing Awards. Last year, Hyne was in­ducted into the Queens­land Busi­ness Lead­ers Hall of Fame be­fore later be­ing an­nounced win­ner of the Queens­land Train­ing Awards – Large Em­ployer of the Year Cat­e­gory.

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