The decision of the High Court of Australia in the Electrolux case against The Australian Workers` Union has highlighted an important legal issue regarding company agreements. The question was what these industrial instruments could cover. The Australian Labour Relations Board ruled on the matter in 2005 in the three certified agreements. Free Guide to the Fair Work Act DownloadFor advice on negotiating a company agreement and other useful information, fill out the online form below to request free advice with an Employsure industrial relations specialist. A company agreement is negotiated between employers, workers and negotiators in order to establish a fair wage and fair terms and conditions of employment. Corporate negotiation agreements were first introduced in Australia in 1991 under the Price and Income Agreement (Mark VII). They then became the heart of Australia`s industrial relations system when the agreement was last revised in 1993 (Mark VIII). This marked the end of nearly a century of centralized wage-setting relationships. Unlike a modern price or National Employment Standards (NES), a company agreement gives employers and employees the freedom to negotiate better wages, more flexibility and working conditions that meet their individual needs. For more information on agreement-based transition instruments, including the amendment and termination of such agreements, see www.fairwork.gov.au. The Fair Work Act 2009 sets out strict rules and guidelines that all parties must follow to ensure that the process is fair. These include guidelines for negotiations, binding conditions and requirements to comply with Fair Work Commission (FWC) approval standards.

Occupational health and safety legislation generally states that an employer must provide a safe working environment for employees. This may include giving food to employees and rest breaks. Company agreements are collective agreements concluded at company level between employers and employees on working and employment conditions. The Fair Work Commission can provide information on the process of drafting company agreements, as well as on the evaluation and approval of agreements. We can also deal with disputes that arise over the terms of the agreements. .