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.