Q & A with Kristie Burt & Malvin Khaira

Posted 6 September 2019

Q & A with Kristie Burt & Malvin Khaira

Q: I have had some dealings with a union official which I am not sure about.  Is there anyone that I can talk to?

A: In the first instance, please feel free to give either Kristie or Malvin a call to discuss the events as they can point you in the right direction as to who would be best to speak with. 

The following queries can be dealt with by the following organisations:

 

General queries

MBA (6175 5900)

Right of Entry – WHS

WorkSafe ACT (13 22 81)

(if you have a relationship with an inspector, feel free to contact them)

Right of Entry – Industrial Relations

Fair Work Commission (1300 799 675)

Right of Entry – 2016 Building Code and other issues such as coercive behaviour

Australian Building and Construction Commission (1800 003 338)

 

Q: How do RDOs accrue?  I just want a simple explanation!

A: The Building and Construction General On-Site Award 2010, provides that RDOs for workers will accrue over a 20-day cycle.  When a worker works eight (8) hours per day (Monday to Friday) for 19 days, 0.4 of an hour is accrued toward the 20th day, which is taken as a paid day off. 

It looks a bit like this… 

Day 1

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 2

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 3

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 4

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 5

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 6

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 7

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 8

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 9

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 10

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 11

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 12

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 13

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 14

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 15

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 16

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 17

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 18

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Day 19

8 hours worked

7.6 hours paid

0.4 hours accrued

Rostered Day Off (RDO)

7.6 hours paid

 

Remember that RDOs are usually taken on the fourth Monday in a four week cycle.

 

Q: Are there ways that I can improve my Workers Compensation premiums?    

A: Potentially but it will depend on your specific circumstances.  

One thing to think about is whether you implement appropriate risk mitigation strategies to prevent incident/injury to your workers and regularly review these strategies, this might be helpful.  Another might be you have been with your insurer for the last few years and have had no claims (or less than a certain number of claims) during this time*. 

Nick Morgan, MBA Insurance Services, has also advised that he would be happy to speak with you about your workers compensation policy queries.  Nick can be contacted on 6175 5975 or nmorgan@mbais.com.au.

Please note that you should not be recommending or demanding that a person does not make a claim against your workers compensation policy!  Similarly, you should not be offering to pay for treatments for a work related injury to avoid making a claim on your policy.  Remember, having the policy in place is required by law as is the requirement to report work-related injuries. 

 

* This is subject to a review of a number of different risk factors which will be assess by your insurer.

 

If you have any queries or would like to ask a question, please contact Kristie or Malvin on 6175 5900.

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