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A person that’s hired to provide a service to a company either on a full-time, part-time or casual basis in exchange for payment. Other known terms: staff and worker.

Organisation’s for employers that are set up to help protect the interest of its members. There are many different types of employer associations available to employers based on the industry the employer is in.

Employment is the relationship between an employee and employer where an employee performs work at the employer’s direction in exchange for payment.

An employment contract is an agreement between an employer and employee that sets out terms and conditions of employment. A contract can be in writing or verbal. Other known term: contract of employment.

Enforceable government directions are made by state or territory governments and set requirements and restrictions for businesses. This can include restrictions and requirements on physical distancing and density requirements, limits and restrictions on operations and risk management requirements. Enforceable government directions are mandatory and there may be penalties for not complying with any that apply to a business.

An enterprise agreement sets out minimum employment conditions and can apply to one business or a group of businesses.

An enterprise award is an award that applies to one or more businesses and its employees.

The process of negotiation generally between the employer, employees and their bargaining representatives with the goal of making an enterprise agreement.

Introduced by the Fair Work Commission to resolve the issue of pay gaps between certain types of employees that are covered by the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award.