What should an employee information and consultation agreement look like?

All agreements must:

  • be in writing;
  • cover all employees in the undertaking;
  • set out when and how employees are to be informed and consulted; and
  • provide for information and consultation via appointed/elected representatives or directly with the employees.

If an agreement is reached through negotiation, it must be signed either by all the negotiating representatives, or else by a majority of them and approved in writing by at least 50% of the employees, or approved by 50% of employees who vote in a ballot.

If agreement is not reached through negotiation within six months or within an agreed extended period, the standard minimum information and consultation provisions will apply.

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