Assistance is available for a fee for a service base to help members develop company agreements. This service is particularly useful when it comes to formal negotiations with workers` representatives. WALGA applied on behalf of the local government sector in Western Australia and the Northern Territory to adopt provisions that would allow annual leave to be paid to the LGIA. These submissions were filed in April 2014 in collaboration with other local government federations in the state and territory. The Fair Work Committee also made a preliminary decision to include a provision allowing employers to grant annual leave in advance and deduct sums for each leave that still results from notice payments to the LGIA. However, an employer may deduct from severance pay only if the workers and employers have agreed in advance to take leave. Management of a worker on excessive annual leave The Fair Work Commission`s Full Bench also made an interim decision to include a provision allowing employers to order a worker to make “excessive” annual provisions. Interested parties are required to submit written comments to the Fair Work Commission by Monday, 13 July at 4 p.m. in order to consider the text of the proposed provisions and to include the proposed provisions in all modern distinctions (including the LGIA).

WALGA Employee Relations invites the sector to give its opinion on the text of the proposed provisions and on the advisability of including the proposed provisions in the LGIA. We will then consider filing a written filing on behalf of the municipal sector. Please provide feedback by Thursday, July 9 at 5:00 p.m. Walga Employee Relations` preliminary view is that these are welcome changes as they allow a local government employer to benefit from greater flexibility in the agreement on how a worker can use their annual leave provisions. . . .