The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) highlighted the need and value of flexible work. In recognition of the principles of mobility, a new mobility payment (similar to an annual bonus) was introduced in the VPS agreement. It is paid to all workers, whether or not they are actually affected by changes or mobility requirements, and is made annually on 1 July of each year in the form of a lump sum effective 1 July 2020. Under Article 28, employers must also consult with the CPSU to develop action plans for gender equality, in accordance with the Equal Opportunity Act 2020 (Vic). This right will not only provide a significant benefit to workers who might otherwise be secondary guardians or unpaid attendants, a significant benefit to their child and the first caregiver at home (whether VPS staff or not), who may return to an earlier opportunity to advance their professional careers earlier than before. The parties to the agreement committed to implementing changes in the operation and provision of services by the Victorian government by adopting the principles of „labour mobility.“ The principles recognize that the services required by the community of a modern public service are not static; they change all the time. Such a reassignment would be done with the agreement of the employer and the worker, rather than undertaking an unsatisfactory work process, in accordance with Clause 24. Article 15 contains a declaration of intent that the VPS agreement must be interpreted as a whole in accordance with the principles of mobility, as well as the express obligation that the parties strive to implement the principles of mobility for the duration of the agreement. The content of clauses 20 and 21 of the 2016 agreement remains unchanged as to the content of clauses 20 and 21 of the 2016 agreement. However, some amendments warrant a mention: the list of applications indicates the number of the object, the name of the applicant, the title of the agreement, the industry, the date of the application, the question of whether the application should approve or amend an agreement and the status of the application.
Flexible work is clarified and protected by grouping all existing regulations into a specific part of the new agreement. Workers no longer have to work for 12 months before requesting flexible working time arrangements. As was widely reported at the time of the vote on the VPS contract, workers will receive a pay increase of just over 8% over the four-year term of the contract, as well as related increases in benefits, with the first increases to be paid from 20 March 2020. Take some time to review the proposed agreement before the vote. The Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2020 was officially approved by the Fair Labour Commission on October 2, 2020 and began its work on October 9, 2020. Article 55 also expands the right to existing parental leave, to allow workers whose child is born from surrogacy to have access to rights and to clarify that a worker on parental leave is not required to return to work in order to have access to other parental leave. Our clients have previously faced unfortunate uncertainty as to whether it was within the scope of the clause`s authority to arrange a result with multiple sanctions or whether the sanctions apply in a disjunkt manner, meaning that only one can be applied. In some cases, an employer may consider that more than one sanction should be applied in order to adequately remedy proven wrongdoing, without having to resort to termination of employment. For obvious reasons, it is preferable, in such cases, to make it clear that this approach is compatible with the enterprise agreement. If your application has already been filed, you can verify the status of your contract by sending an email to the Commission`s team for the firstname.lastname@example.org agreements.