The decision to review organisational structure is always a difficult one, made even more challenging by the legislative labyrinth that accompanies it. As of 1 January 2010, changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 mean that the term “redundancy” has been re-defined and employees have had greater entitlements to redundancy payouts. The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Workplace Relations consultants are experts in:
A new member contacted the Victorian Chamber for restructuring advice. For the first time in their lives, their business was shrinking due to outside influences and it was becoming increasingly clear that they would soon struggle to make payroll.
The member ran a small business and said that they considered their employees to effectively be family, but could no longer afford to keep them all on. After extensive consultation with a Victorian Chamber Workplace Relations consultant, the employer was able to take a restructuring plan to his staff in which they would all be able to keep their jobs in return for working reduced hours. A year later, the same Victorian Chamber consultant was engaged by the employer to renegotiate a restructure in which all the employees on reduced hours were offered full time contracts with overtime conditions.