Modern awards contain minimum terms of employment for employees in a particular industry or employees that perform a particular type of work. These terms will often complement and extend those found in the National Employment Standards.
A modern award can govern notice payments, redundancy payments, dispute resolution, leave entitlements, minimum rates of pay, allowances, flexible working arrangements and much more. Employees are sometimes unaware they are covered by an award and therefore unaware of some of the rights and entitlements that they may be able to access.
If you believe that your employer has contravened a modern award that applies to your employment, you may be entitled to recover compensation from the Fair Work Commission or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
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