General Rulings and Statements of Policy
An important tool for regulation of industrial matters and employment conditions by the Full Bench is the jurisdiction to issue general rulings and statements of policy.
In making any such determination s. 273 (2) of the Act requires that the Full Bench perform its functions in a way that furthers the objects of the Act. Section 320 of the Act requires the Full Bench to consider the public interest. In so doing the Full Bench must consider the objects of the Act and the likely effects of any decision on the “community, local community, economy, industry generally and the particular industry concerned.”
Below are important decisions of public interest that have been made by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
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2010 Increase Overtime Meal Allowance
Application to increase overtime meal allowance by way of General Ruling.
2 December 2010. (B/2010/34, B/2010/38). Operative from 1 January 2011.
Deputy President Swan, Commissioner Fisher and Commissioner Thompson.
2005 Jury Service
Application for Declaration of a General Ruling – Make-up pay for employees on jury service – Decision in principle released 1 September 2005 – Parties directed to confer – Declaration of General Ruling effective 15 September 2005.
14 September 2005 (B/2003/785)
Deputy President Bloomfield, Commissioner Brown, Commissioner Asbury.
2004 Occupational Superannuation
Application to increase Occupational Superannuation contributions for award employees by way of General Ruling.
17 December (B1385 and B1433 of 2004)
Vice President Linnane, Deputy President Swan and Deputy President Bloomfield.
2004 Increase Meal Allowance
Application to increase meal allowance by way of General Ruling.
18th June 2004. (B584 of 2004, B682 of 2004). Operative from 1 July 2004.
Deputy President Bloomfield, Commissioner Brown and Commissioner Thompson.
2003 Termination, Change and Redundancy Clause
Application to seek a Statement of Policy to include termination of employment, introduction of changes and redundancy clauses in awards by application and amendment. Operative from 1 December 2003
29 October 2003 (B209 of 2002 and B308 of 2002)
Vice-President Linnane, Deputy President Bloomfield and Commissioner Blades.
2002 Equal Remuneration Principle
Statement of Policy [PDF 12kB]
10 May 2002. (B450 of 2002)
Vice-President Linnane, Commissioner Swan & Commissioner Brown
2001 Casual Loading Increase
Application to increase casual loading by way of General Ruling
3rd April 2001. (B1346 of 1999, B1351 of 1999 and B377 of 2000)
Commissioner Bechly, Commissioner Swan & Commissioner Brown.
2001 Increase Entitlements to Long Service Leave
General Ruling [PDF 10kB]
Application to increase entitlements to Long Service Leave by way of General Ruling
27th April 2001. (B1404 of 1999)
President Hall, Commissioner Baldwin & Commissioner Brown.
2000 Union Encouragement Provisions
Application for General Ruling and Statement of Policy re Union Encouragement Provisions
1st November 2000. (B879 of 1999 and B1049 of 1999)
Commissioner Fisher, Commissioner Bechly & Commissioner Swan.
2000 Increase Shift Allowance
Decision [PDF 51kB]
Application to replace flat rate for shift work with percentage allowance by way of General Ruling.
5th May 2000. (B1206 of 1999)
Vice-President Linnane, Commissioner Bechly & Commissioner Brown.