The Fair Work Commission has registered the Fair Work Commission (Miscellaneous Measures) Rules 2020 (Rules Amendment).
The Rules Amendment amends the Fair Work Commission Rules 2013 (Rules) with effect from 1 May 2020.
The changes alter:
- the rule that requires notice that a lawyer or paid agent acts for a party to be given, to make giving such notice voluntary and the responsibility of the party
- the way in which bargaining representatives are invited to advise the Commission about whether they support the approval of an enterprise agreement or disagree with statements in an employer declaration lodged in relation to the agreement, and
- the rules that required a statutory declaration to be lodged with the Commission, to instead require the lodgment of a signed, but not witnessed, declaration.
A copy of the Rules Amendment and the Explanatory Statement to the Rules Amendment are available on the Federal Register of Legislation website. A compilation of the amended Rules will be available there shortly.
A change has also been made to Form F23A – Employer’s statutory declaration in support of variation of an enterprise agreement, to reflect that the Fair Work Amendment (Variation of Enterprise Agreements) Regulations 2020 have temporarily shortened the access period for variations to enterprise agreements (see COVID-19 & variations to agreements).
Updated forms incorporating the amendments have been published on the Forms page of our website today.