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11.1.1 Business includes trade, process, business or occupation and includes part of any such business.
11.1.2 Redundancy occurs where an employer has made a definite decision that the employer no longer wishes the job the employee has been doing done by anyone and that decision leads to the termination of employment of the employee, except where this is due to the ordinary and customary turnover of labour.
11.1.3 Small employer means an employer who employs fewer than 15 employees.
11.1.4 Transmission includes transfer, conveyance, assignment or succession whether by agreement or by operation of law and transmitted has a corresponding meaning.
11.1.5 Week's pay means the ordinary time rate of pay for the employee concerned. Provided that such rate shall exclude:
· penalty rates;
· disability allowances;
· shift allowances;
· special rates;
· fares and travelling time allowances;
· bonuses; and
· any other ancillary payments of a like nature.
11.2 Transfer to lower paid duties
Where an employee is transferred to lower paid duties by reason of redundancy the same period of notice must be given as the employee would have been entitled to if the employment had been terminated and the employer may at the employer's option, make payment in lieu thereof of an amount equal to the difference between the former ordinary rate of pay and the new ordinary time rate for the number of weeks of notice still owing.
11.3 Severance pay
11.3.1 Severance pay - other than employees of a small employer
An employee, other than an employee of a small employer as defined in 11.1, whose employment is terminated by reason of redundancy is entitled to the following amount of severance pay in respect of a period of continuous service:
* Week's pay is defined in 11.1.
11.3.2 Severance pay - employees of a small employer
An employee of a small employer as defined in 11.1 whose employment is terminated by reason of redundancy is entitled to the following amount of severance pay in respect of a period of continuous service:
* Week's pay is defined in 11.1.
11.3.3 Provided that the severance payments shall not exceed the amount which the employee would have earned if employment with the employer had proceeded to the employee's normal retirement date.
11.3.4 Continuity of service shall be calculated in the manner prescribed by clause 4.6. Provided that service prior to 20 July 2004 shall not be taken into account in calculating an entitlement to severance pay for an employee of a small employer pursuant to 11.3.2.
11.3.5 Application may be made for variation of the severance pay provided for in this clause in a particular redundancy situation in accordance with the Redundancy Case Decision [PR032004, 26 March 2004] and the Redundancy Case Supplementary Decision [PR062004, 8 June 2004].
11.4 Employee leaving during notice period
An employee given notice of termination in circumstances of redundancy may terminate his/her employment during the period of notice set out in clause 12 - Notice of Termination. In this circumstance the employee will be entitled to receive the benefits and payments they would have received under this clause had they remained with the employer until the expiry of the notice, but will not be entitled to payment in lieu of notice.
11.5 Alternative employment
11.5.1 An employer, in a particular redundancy case, may make application to the Commission to have the general severance pay prescription varied if the employer obtains acceptable alternative employment for an employee.
11.5.2 This provision does not apply in circumstances involving transmission of business as set in 11.7.
11.6 Job search entitlement
11.6.1 During the period of notice of termination given by the employer in accordance with N.1, an employee shall be allowed up to one day's time off without loss of pay during each week of notice for the purpose of seeking other employment.
11.6.2 If the employee has been allowed paid leave for more than one day during the notice period for the purpose of seeking other employment, the employee shall, at the request of the employer, be required to produce proof of attendance at an interview or he or she shall not receive payment for the time absent. For this purpose a statutory declaration will be sufficient.
11.6.3 The job search entitlements under this subclause apply in lieu of the provisions of 12.3.
11.7 Transmission of business
11.7.1 The provisions of this clause are not applicable where a business is before or after the date of this award, transmitted from an employer (in this subclause called the transmittor) to another employer (in this subclause called the transmittee), in any of the following circumstances:
11.7.1(a) Where the employee accepts employment with the transmittee which recognises the period of continuous service which the employee had with the transmittor and any prior transmittor to be continuous service of the employee with the transmittee; or
11.7.1(b) Where the employee rejects an offer of employment with the transmittee:
· in which the terms and conditions are substantially similar and no less favourable, considered on an overall basis, than the terms and conditions applicable to the employee at the time of ceasing employment with the transmittor; and
· which recognises the period of continuous service which the employee had with the transmittor and any prior transmittor to be continuous service of the employee with the transmittee.
11.7.2 The Commission may vary 11.7.1(b) if it is satisfied that this provision would operate unfairly in a particular case.
11.8 Employees exempted
This clause does not apply to:
· employees terminated as a consequence of serious misconduct that justifies dismissal without notice;
· probationary employees;
· employees engaged for a specific period of time or for a specified task or tasks; or
· casual employees.
11.9 Incapacity to pay
The Commission may vary the severance pay prescription on the basis of an employer's incapacity to pay. An application for variation may be made by an employer or a group of employers.