EMPLOYMENT LAW - FOR EMPLOYEES
WHAT IS AN AWARD?
Employees under the federal system may have their employment conditions covered by a federal award. Awards are legally enforceable orders made either through arbitration or agreement between employers and union representatives.
An award usually includes conditions such as ordinary hours of work, definitions of types of employment (full-time, part-time, casual), penalty rates and allowances. The conditions in an award set a minimum standard that needs to be met in relation to the various areas that it covers.