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National Employment Standards

June 2008

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The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, today released the new National Employment Standards (NES) that will come into effect on 1 January 2010.

The National Employment Standards are:

  1. Maximum weekly hours of work
  2. Request for flexible working arrangements
  3. Parental leave and related entitlements
  4. Annual leave
  5. Personal/Carer’s leave and compassionate leave
  6. Community service leave
  7. Long service leave
  8. Public holidays
  9. Notice of termination and redundancy pay
  10. Fair Work Information Statement

A copy of the media release can be found at:

http://mediacentre.dewr.gov.au/mediacentre/Gillard/
Releases/NewNationalEmploymentStandardsReleased.htm

A document setting out more detail of the National Employment Standards can also be found at:

http://www.workplace.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/
1955FD28-3178-44CD-9654-56A3D5391989/0/NationalDiscussionPaper_web.pdf

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