Updated: 20:25, Sunday August 26, 2012
The coalition has flagged changes to the fair dismissal code for small businesses.
Opposition small business spokesman Bruce Billson said a lot of the workplace relations framework under the Fair Work Act was ‘impenetrable’ for small business owners.
Mr Billson said much of the regime was devised with ‘big government’ talking to ‘big business’ and ‘big unions’.
The coalition has yet to unveil its workplace relations policy.
‘We’ve already identified the need to address the complexity, we’re already identified the need to tackle the militancy issue from small businesses and focus on productivity,’ he told Sky News on Sunday.
‘So we think an industrial relations system built largely on the framework that’s in place now but sensitive to the capacity of small business where the business proprietor is the person dealing with the pay and workplace relations issues (is needed).’
Mr Billson said the fair dismissal code for small business, which applies to small business employers with less than 15 staff had not been the simple straight forward process promised by the government.
Under the code employees cannot make a claim for unfair dismissal in the first 12 months of employment.
‘That so-called fair dismissal claim has proved to be absolutely useless.
‘So having a fair dismissal code that
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