Rowena Barrett, an Associate Professor at Monash University, says there is no convincing evidence that the government’s plan to exempt companies with 100 or less employees from new unfair dismissal laws will create new jobs as the government argues.
‘I believe exempting small business from unfair dismissal laws, and thereby removing rights from new employees in small business, will worsen the quality of small business jobs and make it even harder for small business to attract skilled, experienced and committed employees,’ she said.
Barrett said it is questionable whether small businesses have been disadvantaged by the current provisions of the Act – because the AIRC is required to take account of the size of the business when examining cases of unfair dismissal.
‘New employees can be dismissed without recourse to the unfair dismissal provisions during a three month period. Moreover, unfair dismissal is a symptom of a wider problem – namely poor human resource management practices in many small businesses. The proposed reforms will do nothing to redress these problems and may exacerbate them.’
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