The BCEA allows certain BCEA conditions to be amended or varied by agreement. An example is the adaptation of the 60-minute lunch break, mentioned in bceA and reduced to 30 minutes. Enterprise agreements are collective agreements between employers and workers on employment conditions. The Fair Labour Commission can provide information on the process of drafting enterprise agreements, evaluate and approve agreements. We can also deal with disputes over the terms of the agreements. Fair Work Commission publishes enterprise agreements on this website. Chapter 7 of the Basic Law (BCEA) stipulates that the collective agreement of a bargaining council can alter any fundamental condition of bceA, unless it results in less favourable conditions with respect to the essential conditions. The essential conditions are health and safety working hours, normal hours (45 hours per week), annual leave, maternity leave, sick leave and child labour. If a particular sector has a collective agreement that contains provisions for the payment of premiums, an employer who is a party to the collective agreement cannot avoid the payment of bonuses, since it would be bound by the provisions of such an agreement. By negotiating, the collective agreement of a bargaining council may result in less advantageous benefits than was originally provided for in the employment contract. It is also permissible to agree on more favourable benefits or terms in a contract, regardless of what is required by a collective agreement or legislation. It is important to keep in mind that once a particular clause has been part of the employment contract, that clause will be contractually applicable.

An employer should not require that a specific contract clause simply serve as a gesture of goodwill, since it is now incorporated into a contract. Business agreements can be tailored to the needs of some companies. An agreement should be overall better for an employee when compared to the corresponding bonuses or rewards. If you`ve searched and can`t find an agreement: “Nothing changes except how you get your bill,” Mace continues, “if they do, customers will have more information available to them after the change.” Customers can sign up for electronic billing by visiting synergynorth.ca or by calling Synergy North at 1-833-428-1451.