Changes in Work Arrangements

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognise there may be implications and challenges in relation to the working arrangements of staff currently employed within congregations. These may be as a result of worship services and other community initiatives affected by the suspended utilisation of church buildings. There may also be staff requests seeking to change arrangements to care for loved ones, or congregations may find that working from home arrangements may not be possible for specific tasks or staff individual circumstances.

Prior to changing staff working arrangements, Church Council Chairpersons (or their delegate) are requested to contact the Synod Human Resources team for guidance and assistance. Changes to staff working arrangements will have implications in the provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (“Act”), Awards and possibly other jurisdictions subject to the nature of the changes of employment and work arrangements. Incorrect information provided to staff, or actions taken by congregations in this context, could have long term consequences and could unnecessarily involve your Church Council in complex (industrial and legal) conversations.

The Synod Human Resources team can be contacted in the first instance by emailing Turn on Javascript!. Please provide a brief summary of the nature of your enquiry, and a human resources team member will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.  During this unprecedented time, we please ask for your patience as enquiries will need to be assessed on an urgency or priority needs basis and will be responded to accordingly.


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