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What Are Individual Flexibility Arrangements (IFAs)?

Individual Flexibility Arrangements (IFAs) are provisions found in modern awards or enterprise agreements that enable employees and employers to negotiate alternative arrangements that suit their individual needs. IFAs allow variations in certain terms, such as working hours, overtime rates, penalty rates, and allowances, while ensuring that the employee is better off overall compared to the relevant award or agreement.

Key Features of IFAs

  • Flexibility: IFAs are designed to accommodate individual circumstances, enabling unique agreements between an employer and an employee.
  • Better Off Overall Test (BOOT): Every IFA must pass the BOOT, meaning that the employee must be better off overall under the IFA than under the relevant award or agreement.
  • Written Agreement: IFAs must be in writing, clearly outlining the terms that have been altered and signed by both parties.
  • Termination: Both the employer and employee have the ability to terminate the IFA by providing notice, usually 13 or 28 days, depending on the relevant award or agreement.

How Can IR Advocates Assist Employees with IFAs?

  • Understanding Requirements and Rights: Our team helps employees understand their rights and the detailed requirements of modern awards, ensuring a clear comprehension of what an IFA involves.
  • Negotiation Assistance: We provide guidance on what can be included in an IFA, helping employees articulate their needs and assisting in the negotiation process to reach a fair agreement.
  • Assessment of Proposals: Our experts review proposed IFAs, identifying potential issues and suggesting modifications to ensure the arrangement complies with legal standards.
  • Dispute Resolution: We offer dispute resolution services, facilitating communication, or representing the employee’s interests, aiming for a fair and timely resolution.
  • Termination and Modification of IFAs: We guide employees through the legal process of modifying or terminating an existing IFA, ensuring that their interests are protected.

Contact IR Advocates for Employee Support

If you’re an employee seeking to understand, negotiate, or manage an Individual Flexibility Arrangement, IR Advocates offers specialised support tailored to your needs. Our team of experts is here to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring that your interests are represented and protected. Whether you need assistance with initial negotiations, ongoing management, or dispute resolution, IR Advocates is your trusted partner.

Contact Us today to schedule a consultation and discover how IR Advocates can provide personalised assistance with your individual flexibility arrangement needs.

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