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Better late than never. I was looking up something on the WEL website (the Women’s Electoral Lobby Australia, a very important organisation for women in these parts) and I ran across this story from November about new National Employment Standards which were released in June and will be put into effect next January. Here they 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

They apply for Federal employees only. They look great, though; comprehensive, sensitive to gender, keeping in mind carers and parents with decent flexibility. Just one of the steps in the right direction that PM Kevin Rudd and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Julia Gillard are taking. Or perhaps it’s more indicative of the progressive slump we were in with the previous government.