Note: For requests for agreement with several companies or if you are about to start a series of sectoral negotiations that will result in the submission of a large number of applications for contract authorization. Communication to the Commission prior to the submission of the application will help the Commission to process applications in a timely and consistent manner. However, it is not enough to simply offer, answer questions and explain the agreement to workers on demand, especially if the proposed agreement removes the important rights that workers would otherwise have enjoyed. That`s the day the vote ends. Voting can take place within one day or several weeks. The agreement will be concluded on the last day of the vote. From the employee`s point of view, a common law contract with an underlying bonus allows an employee to keep his remuneration and conditions confidential if he wishes and to negotiate with an employer according to his own needs and wishes. It also allows for changes in conditions (by amending the treaty). However, from a negative point of view, it is more difficult to impose a contractual obligation than an EA obligation. Of course, entry into an EA can sometimes be a requirement of a prime contractor before entering into a contract to carry out work, especially on large construction sites. This type of application is as controversial as « settlement agreements » with a union, but which are not approved by the FWC. The calculator was last updated on July 6, 2018 following a decision by the Fair Work Commission Full Bench on June 21, 2018  FWCFB 2732.
In Civica BPO Pty Ltd  FWC 4376, the employer, Civica BPO, had used the FWC date calculator to plan the reporting and coordination schedule of its enterprise agreement. At that time, the date calculator suggested that, after informing staff on Thursday, March 8, 2018 of the time, location and nature of the vote, Civica BPO could proceed to its vote on Thursday, March 15, 2018 (no clear 7-day deadline). If you agree to an agreement, the employer must send each worker a communication giving them the opportunity to negotiate individually or through a bargaining representative. For workers who are unionized, their union is their default representative if they do not make their own communication. They may designate their union as a bargaining representative, or they may be involved in the negotiations themselves or appoint another person as their representative. The employer must negotiate in good faith with all negotiators (not just the union) when there is no obligation to reach an agreement.