While most employers are fair and understand their responsibilities relating to Apprenticeship contracts, overall, young workers make up only 16% of the Australian workforce but account for 25% of all the requests for assistance from the Ombudsman – a disproportionately high level of requests from young people.Read more >>
Fair Work Ombudsman
Two new Guides just released by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) are essential reading for the employer with an apprentice or considering taking one on and the second guide, for all apprentices to understand their rights and obligations. They’re available online at:Read more >>
Employers would be aware that the Modern Award under which Bricklayers and Apprentices are paid is the Building and Construction Award [MA000020]. For the purpose of clarifying what is ‘fair work’, the Award defines bad weather that might result in the need for a stand down as ‘Inclement weather’. Such weather nearly always necessitates a paid stand down…Read more >>
Young workers can be vulnerable, so this year the Fair Work Ombudsman is placing high importance on educating employees and business on the myths that are contributing to a concerning number of young Australian workers being underpaid.Read more >>
A really ingenious information tool was developed and launched last month by the Fair Work Ombudsman, designed to ensure both employers and apprentices know their rights and obligations to each other. It’s called Workplace Basics and it’s a quiz, broken into seven areas or modules, all up covering the vast majority of questions relating to workplace Award wage rates and conditions.
While it’s not only for Bricklaying, most of the issues are directly relevant, and you choose the modules you want to run through. Besides the quiz, Fair Work offers a lot more in-depth information at their website should you need it.Read more >>
The Fair Work Ombudsman has released new national pay rates for apprentices effective from 1 July 2015. The increase is 2.5% across the board for all Year levels.
Bricklayers should see this change as an opportunity to focus on training their apprentices on all facets of the trade as set out in the training package. The sooner the apprentice gains the necessary skills of bricklaying, the sooner the employer will benefit from improved productivity on the job.Read more >>