Employment Relations Department
The majority of the services offered by the MTA
Employment Relations team are complimentary and form part of your membership
with the MTA.
The Employment Relations team provides a wide range
of advice to employers and can answer all your questions that relate to
recruitment, managing staff during employment (including payroll advice) and
guiding you through the process on how to deal with an employee once their
employment comes to an end.
Below gives you an overview of the
services we provide:
- Assistance with classifying staff
under the relevant Award.
Providing up to date rates of pay under the
applicable Award and explaining how different provisions apply under the
relevant Award (e.g. overtime and penalty rates).
Drafting and reviewing Letters of Offer and
Employment Contracts and providing template letters and contracts.
Job descriptions for most roles within the
Assist with the recruitment of
Advice provided during staff
- Provide up to date rates of pay, as determined by
the Fair Work Commission every July.
Assist with the day to day Human Resource issues
you face (e.g. assisting with probationary periods; disciplining staff members;
what to do if an employee has abandoned their employment; issuing formal
warnings; terminating employees and responding to employee requests/claims).
Assist you with payroll enquiries (e.g. advice as
to allowances that may be payable to your employee’s; explain how leave
entitlements work; how to work out overtime; explain how RDO’s accrue, how jury
duty works and is paid and how parental leave works, etc)
Draft employment contracts for existing staff
members who don’t already have a contract of employment (they are necessary and
Provide policies and procedures for you to
implement in your business as needed.
Assist with any workers compensation claims you may
Explain the process that needs to be followed for
you to legally closedown your business for a period (e.g. over Christmas).
Help you through a redundancy process, ensuring the
correct procedure is followed.
Assist you with your legal responsibilities if you
choose to sell or close down your business.
Work Health and Safety advice, policies, Emergency
Plans and how to set up a WHS Management System.
Training courses on Employment Relations, WHS and
Managing Bullying and Harassment claims and policies and procedures.
- Advice about required notice periods when an
employee resigns or is terminated.
Calculation of annual leave and long service leave
payable on termination.
Assist with gathering any information ex-employees
may request (e.g. wage information or information for when they went on leave),
and informing you of when you need to provide such information.
Represent you in unfair dismissal and general
protection claims, discriminatory claims, bullying and harassment claims, etc.,
that may be brought against the business and assist with wage claims (e.g. long
service leave claims and underpayment claims).
Work Health and Safety (WH&S)
Training and Audits
If you want to be proactive, or if you have
received a complaint through SafeWork or another regulatory body, we can
assist. We provide specialised training and audits to ensure your workplace is
compliant with legislative requirements. The cost of this training and the
audits we provide is minimal compared to other companies that provide the same
WH&S Manuals/Policies can also be drawn up for
your business, free of charge.
Representation in industrial claims
Our qualified advisors can represent you in
industrial claims you may be faced with. Such claims include underpayment
claims, unfair dismissal claims or general protections claims.
Our specialised advisors are a much more
cost-effective alternative to employing a solicitor and can use their years of
experience and specialised knowledge to minimise the cost of any claim you may
be faced with.
Employment Relations Training Courses
Employment obligations and managing termination
course conducted in conjunction with MTA Training – this is conducted 10 to 15
times per year and provides industry specific training on the Award, National
Employment Standards and Managing Termination.
Member based courses on Human Resource Management
and Payroll obligations, Bullying and Harassment training for management and
employees, Personalised Employment Information Service upon request.
Employment Relations Information
- ERIS is an interactive, current and comprehensive
MTA members' only employment relations system that caters for the retail motor
ERIS lets you be the expert! Online annual &
long service leave calculators, plus vehicle & clerks Award with MTA
You will have access to industry specific policy
builder, disciplinary database manager, 1000+ pro forma documents, PLUS email
alerts and updates.
ERIS comprises of AutoSafe (Vehicle Industry
WH&S Software), which is a database that allows you to keep a complete
register of WH&S records.
- AutoPay was designed and built exclusively for the
automotive industry by industry stakeholders. It is the only payroll system
backed and endorsed by MTA NSW.
AutoPay's simple and effective to use of cloud
based interfaces allows you to not only manage your business payroll, but
create custom made additions (or simply use MTA's Award based global options)
With PAYG, Pay, Leave Liability, Superannuation,
and Fringe Benefit Reports, it’s never been easier to keep track of your
payroll affairs and reconcile your pay data. Many employers do not realise that
it is a legal requirement to keep payroll and leave records for seven years.
AutoPay stores this information and is an easy tool for bringing up this
information, if/when required.
We encourage all MTA members to
utilise our Employment Relations advisory service. A quick phone call or email
may save you a lot of money by avoiding a possible costly underpayment claim,
unfair dismissal claim or even a bullying and harassment claim.