AN170032 Farming and Fruit Growing Award (tas)



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19. HOURS AND DAYS OF WORK
(a) (i) The ordinary hours of work for a full-time employee (as defined) shall be 38 hours per week and shall not exceed eight consecutive hours on any one day within the span of hours of 6.00am - 6.00pm, Monday to Friday inclusive and are set and may be varied by the employer from time to time.
(ii) By agreement between the employer and the majority of employees affected the ordinary hours of work for a full-time employee (as defined) may be an average of 38 hours per week provided that they not work in excess of eight consecutive hours on any day within the span of hours of 6.00am - 6.00pm and shall be worked on one of the following basis:
(1) 38 hours within a work cycle not exceeding five days in seven consecutive days; or
(2) 76 hours within a work cycle not exceeding ten days in fourteen consecutive days; or
(3) 114 hours within a work cycle not exceeding fifteen days in twenty-one consecutive days; or
(4) 152 hours within a work cycle not exceeding twenty days in twenty-eight consecutive days; or
(5) Any other work cycle agreed by an employer subject to this award and the majority of employees affected during which a weekly average of 38 ordinary hours shall be worked over the agreed work cycle.
PROVIDED that where there is an agreement between the employer and an employee, the ordinary hours of work may be extended from 8 up to 10 hours on any day
PROVIDED ALWAYS that where there is agreement between the employer and an employee the ordinary hours prescribed in subclause (b) hereof may be worked within an alternate twelve hour spread. Such agreement shall be in writing and a copy forwarded to the Branch Secretary of the Union and shall stipulate the duration of the agreement.
(b) (i) The ordinary hours of work for a dairy farm employee (as defined) shall be 38 hours per week and shall not exceed eight hours on any day and may, by agreement between the employer and employee, be worked in two periods in any one day of which one period shall be not less than three hours within the span of hours 6.00am - 8.00pm, Monday to Friday inclusive.
(ii) By agreement between the employer and the majority of employees affected the ordinary hours of work for a dairy farm employee (as defined) shall be 38 hours per week and shall not exceed eight hours on any day and may, by agreement between the employer and employee be worked in two periods in any one day of which one period shall be not less than three hours within the span of hours 6.00am - 8.00pm and shall be worked on one of the following basis:
(1) 38 hours within a work cycle not exceeding five days in seven consecutive days; or
(2) 76 hours within a work cycle not exceeding ten days in fourteen consecutive days; or
(3) 114 hours within a work cycle not exceeding fifteen days in twenty one consecutive days; or
(4) 152 hours within a work cycle not exceeding twenty days in twenty eight consecutive days; or
(5) Any other work cycle agreed by an employer subject to this award and the majority of employees affected during which a weekly average of 38 ordinary hours shall be worked over the agreed work cycle.
PROVIDED that where there is an agreement between the employer and an employee, the ordinary hours of work may be extended from 8 up to 10 hours on any day.
PROVIDED ALWAYS that where there is agreement between the employer and an employee the ordinary hours prescribed in subclause (b) hereof may be worked within an alternate twelve hour spread. Such agreement shall be in writing and a copy forwarded to the Branch Secretary of the Union and shall stipulate the duration of the agreement.
(c) The ordinary hours for a casual employee (as defined) shall not exceed eight on any one day within the span of hours 6.00am - 9.00pm Monday to Friday inclusive and are set and may be varied by the employer from time to time.
PROVIDED that where there is an agreement between the employer and an employee, the ordinary hours of work may be extended from eight hours up to ten hours on any day.
(d) Meal Break
All employees shall be entitled to a meal interval of not less than 30 minutes not later than 5 hours after commencing work.
An employee required to continue beyond 5 hours without such an interval shall be paid at overtime rates until such time as the meal break is taken.
(e) Rest Period
All employees shall be allowed a paid rest period of 10 minutes each day.
(f) Mechanical Harvesting
Where mechanical harvesting work is carried out on a shift work basis (i.e. work performed on shifts commencing after 6.00pm and finishing before 6.00am) a shift loading of 15% shall apply for shifts of eight hours or less.
PROVIDED that where shifts greater than eight hours are worked, overtime payment at the rate of time and one half shall apply for the remainder of the hours worked between 6.00pm and 6.00am in lieu of shift loading.
The provisions of this subclause do not apply to employees of employers who use the employer's machinery for the planting and harvesting of the employer's crop.
20. LOSS OF CLOTHING DUE TO FIRE
The employer shall be responsible up to a maximum of $669.00 for an employee's clothing which may be destroyed by fire in a changing house or other shelter.
PROVIDED that such destruction is not in any way caused by the employee's own act or neglect.
21. MIXED FUNCTIONS
An employee engaged for 2 hours or more in the aggregate on any one day performing duties carrying a higher rate than his/her ordinary classification shall be paid the higher rate for such day.
If so engaged for 2 hours or less in the aggregate during any one day the employee shall be paid the higher classification rate only for the time so worked.
22. PARENTAL LEAVE
Subject to the terms of this clause employees are entitled to maternity, paternity and adoption leave and to work part-time in connection with the birth or adoption of a child.
(a) Definitions
For the purposes of this clause:
(i) ‘Child’ means a child of the employee under the age of one year except for adoption of a child where ‘child’ means a person under the age of five years who is placed with the employee for the purposes of adoption, other than a child or step-child of the employee or of the parent of the employee or a child who has previously lived continuously with the employee for a period of six month or more.
(ii) ‘Continuous service’ means service under an unbroken contract of employment and includes:
(1) any period of leave taken in accordance with this clause;
(2) any period of part-time employment worked in accordance with this clause; or
(3) any period of leave or absence authorised by the employer or by the award.
(iii) ‘Employee’ includes a part-time employee but does not include an employee engaged upon casual work, unless that work has been under a continuous contract of employment of at least 12 months.
(iv) ‘Female employee’ means an employed female who is pregnant or is caring for a child she has borne or a child who has been placed with her for adoption purposes.
(v) ‘Male employee’ means an employed male who is caring for a child borne of his spouse or a child placed with the employee for adoption purposes.
(vi) ‘Primary care-giver’ means a person who assumes the principal role of providing care and attention to a child.
(vii) ‘Spouse’ includes a de facto or a former spouse.
(b) Entitlement
(i) After twelve months continuous service, parents are entitled to a combined total of 52 weeks unpaid parental leave on a shared basis in relation to the birth or adoption of their child. For mothers, maternity leave provisions apply and for male employees, paternity leave provisions apply. Adoption leave provisions apply in the case of adoption.
(ii) Subject to subclause (c) (vi), parental leave is to be available to only one parent at a time, in a single unbroken period, except that both parents may simultaneously take:
(1) for maternity and paternity leave, an unbroken period of up to one week at the time of the birth of the child;
(2) for adoption leave, an unbroken period of up to three weeks at the time of placement of the child.
(iii) Unless otherwise agreed between the employee and the employer, parental leave shall be granted and taken in accordance with the notice given by the employee as specified below.
(c) Maternity Leave
(i) An employee must provide notice to the employer in advance of the expected date of commencement of parental leave. The notice requirements are:
(1) of the expected date of confinement (included in a certificate from a registered medical practitioner stating that the employee is pregnant) – at least 10 weeks;
(2) of the date on which the employee proposes to commence maternity leave and the period of leave to be taken – at least 4 weeks.
(ii) Where the employee gives notice under (d) (i) the employee must also provide a statutory declaration stating particulars of any period of paternity leave sought or taken by her spouse, and that for the period of maternity leave she will not engage in any conduct inconsistent with her contract of employment.
(iii) An employee will not be in breach of this clause if failure to give the stipulated notice is occasioned by confinement occurring earlier than the presumed date or other compelling circumstances.
(iv) An employee may commence maternity leave at any time within six weeks immediately prior to the expected date of birth.
(v) Where an employee continues to work within the six week period immediately prior to the expected date of birth, or where the employee elects to return to work within six weeks after the birth of the child, an employer may require the employee to provide a medical certificate stating that she is fit to work on her normal duties.
(vi) Special Maternity Leave
(1) Where the pregnancy of an employee not then on maternity leave terminates after 28 weeks other than by the birth of a living child, then the employee may take unpaid special maternity leave of such periods as a registered medical practitioner certifies as necessary.
(2) Where an employee is suffering from an illness not related to the direct consequences of the confinement, an employee may take any paid personal leave to which she is entitled in lieu of, or in addition to, special maternity leave.
(3) Where an employee not then on maternity leave suffers illness related to her pregnancy, she may take any paid personal leave to which she is then entitled and such further unpaid special maternity leave as a registered medical, practitioner certifies as necessary before her return to work. The aggregate of paid personal leave, special maternity leave and parental leave, including paternity leave taken by her spouse, may not exceed 52 weeks.
(vii) Transfer to a safe job
(1) Where an employee is pregnant and, in the opinion of a registered medical practitioner, illness or risks arising out of the pregnancy or hazards connected with the work assigned to the employee make it inadvisable for the employee to continue at her present work, the employee will, if the employer deems it practicable, be transferred to a safe job at the rate and on the conditions attaching to that job until the commencement of maternity leave.
(2) If the transfer to a safe job is not practicable, the employee may elect, or the employer may require the employee to commence parental leave for such period as is certified necessary by a registered medical practitioner.
(d) Paternity Leave
(i) A male employee will provide to the employer at least 10 weeks prior to each proposed period of paternity leave:
(1) that a certificate from a registered medical practitioner which names his spouse, states that she is pregnant and the expected date of confinement, or states the date on which the birth took place, and
(2) written notification of the proposed dates on which the period of paternity leave will start and finish and
(3) a statutory declaration stating:
(A) that period of paternity leave will be taken to become the primary care-giver of a child;
(B) particulars of any period of maternity leave sought or taken by the mother, and
(C) that for the period of paternity leave, the employee will not engage in any conduct inconsistent with their contract of employment.
(4) The employee will not be in breach of this subclause if the failure to give the required period of notice is because of the birth occurring earlier than expected, the death of the mother of the child, or other compelling circumstances.
(e) Adoption leave
(i) The employee will notify the employer at least ten weeks in advance of the date of commencement of adoption leave and the period of leave to be taken. An employee may commence adoption leave prior to providing such notice, where through circumstances beyond the control of the employee, the adoption of a child takes place earlier.
(ii) Before commencing adoption leave, an employee will provide the employer with a statutory declaration stating:
(1) the employee is seeking adoption leave to become the primary care-giver of the child;
(2) particulars of any period of adoption leave sought or taken by any other person in respect of that child, and
(3) that for the period of adoption leave the employee will not engage in any conduct inconsistent with their contract of employment.
(iii) An employer may require an employee to provide confirmation from the appropriate government authority of the placement.
(iv) Where the placement of a child for adoption with an employee does not proceed or continue, the employee will notify the employer immediately and the employer will nominate a time not exceeding four weeks from receipt of notification for the employee’s return to work.
(v) An employee will not be in breach of this subclause as a consequence of failure to give the stipulated periods of notice if such failure results from a requirement of an adoption agency to accept earlier or later placement of a child, the death of an adoptive parent or other compelling circumstances.
(vi) An employee seeking to adopt a child is entitled to unpaid leave for the purpose of attending any compulsory interviews or examinations as are necessary as part of the adoption procedure. The employee and the employer should agree on the length of the unpaid leave. Where agreement cannot be reached, the employee is entitled to take up to two days unpaid leave. Where paid leave is available to the employee, the employer may require the employee to take such leave instead.
(f) Parental Leave and Other Entitlements
An employee may in lieu of or in conjunction with parental leave, access any annual leave or long service leave entitlements which they have accrued subject to the total amount of leave not exceeding 52 weeks.
(g) Part time work
(i) Entitlement
With the agreement of the employer:
(1) An employee may work part-time in one or more periods at any time from the date of birth of the child until its second birthday or, in relation to adoption, from the date of placement of the child until the second anniversary of the placement.
(2) A female employee may work part-time in one or more periods while she is pregnant where part-time employment is, because of the pregnancy, necessary or desirable.
(ii) Effect of Part-time Employment on Continuous Service
Commencement on part-time work under this clause, and return from part-time work to full-time work under this clause, shall not break the continuity of service or employment.
(iii) Pro Rata Entitlements
Subject to the provisions of this subclause and the matters agreed to in accordance with this subclause, part-time employment shall be in accordance with the provisions of this award which shall apply pro rata.
(iv) Transitional Arrangements - Annual Leave
(1) An employee working part-time under this subclause shall be entitled to any leave accrued in respect of a period of full-time employment, as if the employee was still working full-time, in the position held prior to taking leave.
(2) (A) A full-time employee shall be entitled to annual leave accrued in respect of a period of part-time employment under this subclause, as if the employee was working part-time in the position held, immediately before resuming full-time work.
(B) Provided that, by agreement between the employer and the employee, the period over which the leave is taken may be shortened to the extent necessary for the employee to receive pay at the employee's current full-time rate.
(v) Transitional Arrangements - Personal Leave
An employee working part-time under this subclause shall have personal leave entitlements which have accrued under this award (including any entitlements accrued in respect of previous full-time employment) converted into hours. When this entitlement is used, whether as a part-time employee or as a full-time employee, it shall be debited for the ordinary hours that the employee would have worked during the period of absence.
(vi) Part-time Work Agreement
(1) Before commencing a period of part-time employment under this subclause the employee and the employer shall agree:
(A) that the employee may work part-time;
(B) upon the hours to be worked by the employee, the days upon which they will be worked and commencing times for the work;
(C) upon the classification applying to the work to be performed; and
(D) upon the period of part-time employment.
(2) The terms of this agreement may be varied by consent.
(3) The terms of this agreement or any variation to it shall be reduced to writing and retained by the employer. A copy of the agreement and any variation to it shall be provided to the employee by the employer.
(4) The terms of this agreement shall apply to the part-time employment.
(vii) Termination of Employment
(1) The employment of a part-time employee under this clause, may be terminated in accordance with the provisions of this award but may not be terminated by the employer because the employee has exercised or proposes to exercise any rights arising under this clause or has enjoyed or proposes to enjoy any benefits arising under this clause.
(2) Any termination entitlements payable to an employee whose employment is terminated while working part-time under this clause, or while working full-time after transferring from part-time work under this clause, shall be calculated by reference to the full-time rate of pay at the time of termination and by regarding all service as a full-time employee as qualifying for a termination entitlement based on the period of full-time employment and all service as a part-time employee on a pro rata basis.
(viii) Extension of Hours of Work
An employer may request, but not require, an employee working part-time under this clause to work outside or in excess of the employee's ordinary hours of duty provided for in accordance with paragraph (vi).
(ix) Nature of Part-time Work
The work to be performed part-time need not be the work performed by the employee in his or her former position but shall be work otherwise performed under this award.
(x) Inconsistent Award Provisions
An employee may work part-time under this clause notwithstanding any other provisions of this award which limits or restricts the circumstances in which part-time employment may be worked or the terms upon which it may be worked including provisions:
(1) limiting the number of employees who may work part-time;
(2) establishing quotas as to the ratio of part-time to full-time employees;
(3) prescribing a minimum or maximum number of hours a part-time employee may work; or
(4) requiring consultation with, consent of or monitoring by a union;
and such provisions do not apply to part-time work under this clause.
(h) Replacement Employees
(i) A replacement employee is an employee specifically engaged as a result of an employee proceeding on parental leave or working part time in accordance with this clause.
(ii) A replacement employee may be employed part-time. The provisions of this subclause in relation to annual leave and personal leave apply to the part-time employment of replacement employees.
(iii) Before an employer engages a replacement employee under this paragraph, the employer shall inform the person of the temporary nature of the employment and of the rights of the employee who is being replaced. Specifically, the employer must advise that the period of engagement is subject to variation or change in the event that the employee on leave exercises the right to vary the period of leave.
(iv) Unbroken service as a replacement employee shall be treated as continuous service.
(v) Nothing in this subclause shall be construed as requiring an employer to engage a replacement employee.
(i) Return to Former Position after a Period of Parental Leave or Part Time Work
Unless other wise agreed between employee and employer, and consistent with the provisions of this clause

(i) An employee will give at least four weeks’ notice prior of their intention to return to work after a period of parental leave or part time work in accordance with this clause.

(ii) An employee will be entitled to the position which they held immediately before proceeding on parental leave or part time work. In the case of an employee transferred to a safe job pursuant to subclause (c) (vii) clause, the employee will be entitled to return to the position they held immediately before such transfer.

(iii) During the period of parental leave an employee shall be entitled to return to work at any time, as agreed between the employer and the employee, provided that the employer may require notice of not more than four weeks.


(iv) An employee shall be entitled to extend the period of parental leave on one occasion, provided that the employer may require notice of not more than four weeks.

By mutual agreement between the employee and the employer, the period of leave may be further extended.


(j) Redundancy
(i) If a position held by an employee prior to taking parental leave is likely to be made redundant before the employee returns to work, the employer must advise the employee of the impending redundancy, provide an opportunity for consultation and shall not disadvantage the employee by virtue of the taking of parental leave.
(ii) Where such position no longer exists but there are other positions available which the employee is qualified for and is capable of performing, the employee will be entitled to a position as nearly comparable in status and pay to that of their former position.
(k) Right To Request Variation To Parental Leave Provision
(i) An employee entitled to parental leave pursuant to the provisions of this clause may request the employer to allow the employee:
(1) to extend the period of simultaneous unpaid parental leave up to a maximum of eight weeks;
(2) to extend the period of unpaid parental leave by a further continuous period of leave not exceeding 12 months;
(3) to return from a period of parental leave on a part-time basis until the child reaches school age,
to assist the employee in reconciling work and parental responsibilities.

(ii) The employer shall consider the request having regard to the employee’s circumstances and, provided the request is genuinely based on the employee’s parental responsibilities, may only refuse the request on reasonable grounds related to the effect on the workplace or the employer’s business. Such grounds might include cost, lack of adequate replacement staff, loss of efficiency and the impact on customer service.


(l) Communication During Parental Leave
(i) Where an employee is on parental leave and a definite decision has been made to introduce significant change at the workplace, the employer shall take reasonable steps to:
(1) make information available in relation to any significant effect the change will have on the status or responsibility level of the position the employee held before commencing parental leave; and
(2) provide an opportunity for the employee to discuss any significant effect the change will have on the status or responsibility level of the position the employee held before commencing parental leave.
(ii) The employee shall take reasonable steps to inform the employer about any significant matter that will affect the employee’s decision regarding the duration of parental leave to be taken, whether the employee intends to return to work and whether the employee intends to request to return to work on a part-time basis.
(iii) The employee shall also notify the employer of changes of address or other contact details which might affect the employer’s capacity to comply with (l)(i)(1).
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