Essays on Australian Workplace: Fair Work Australia Act Case Study

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The paper "Australian Workplace: Fair Work Australia Act" is a great example of a case study on management. Fair Work Australia (FWA), is an institution that was established by the Federal government of Australia in the year 2009 as provided by the Fair Work Act of 2009. The institution is expected to carry out industrial relations related functions in the country. The institution officially commenced its work on 1st July 2009. As we will see later in this discussion, the FWA is entitled with a number of obligations which include the setting of modern awards, minimum wage, conflict resolution, enterprise agreements approvals as well as tackling claims related to unfair employee dismissals.

FWA being an institution that was established to succeed the Australian Industrial Relations Commission also performs the functions that were previously performed by Workplace Authority and the Australian Fair Pay Commission. In this discussion, we will also critically look into the institution’ s roles, the motive behind its establishment, and the similarity in functionality with the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, the Australian Fair Pay Commission as well as its future in the Australian industrial relations system.

The discussion will further analyze various human resource management theories that influence the outcome of the institution as argued by Barnes & Lafferty (2010). There are several key terms that are used in the essay and play a significant role in the discussion of Fair Work Australia. They include redundancy, disputes, and appeal. Redundancy is the process of laying-off employees from work. The company can take this step for a number of reasons which include the high cost of doing business and when the position is believed not to be beneficial to the business.

The term dispute can be used synonymously with the word disagreement in industrial relations. The term is used to define those areas of conflict between the employer and the employees. Appealing is the process of seeking justice especially when one party feels that whatever decision that has been taken against him is not and wants it to be readdressed.

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