Describe the main legal influences on employment relations today, and evaluate the use of rewards and training and development in effectively managing the employment relations function.
Employment relations is about the management f people in the workplace and involves such matters as:
• Planning the human resource needs of the business
• Acquiring the people with the right skills
• Developing and training employees to improve their skills
• Performance management
• Maintaining staff with different types of rewards
• Dealing with conflict
• Working within the legal framework
• Building strong working relationships
Major Legal Influences
The Workplace Relations Act (1996)
One of the main aims of the Workplace Relations Act is to encourage a more direct relationship between employers and employees with less intervention by a third party in settling disputes. This means employers and employees are encourages to make direct agreements about the terms and conditions of employment that will apply at their workplace.
Sex Discrimination Act (1984)
This act prohibits direct or indirect discrimination in employment on the grounds or sex, marital status or pregnancy. It is administered through the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
Racial Discrimination Act (1975)
This act prohibits various types of discrimination in employment on the grounds of race, colour and ethnic origin. It is administered through the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act (1986)
This is the act that sets up the commission, and the systems and procedures through which the Sex Discrimination Act and the Racial Discrimination Act are administered.
Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act (1999)
This act requires that all private sector companies in Australia with more than 100...