MMH709 Employee Relations for Organisational Effectiveness Assignment 2 – 1st Trimester 2021
Written essay and calculations
Essay: 60% of the total grade for this unit.
Word length: 3,500 words (excluding the reference list only).
Due date: 08.00 pm (AEST), Friday, 28 May, 2021.
At the completion of this Unit, students should be able to do the following:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Investigate views of main employment
GLO1 Discipline-specific knowledge.
GLO2: Communication GLO4 Critical thinking
Analyse employment laws that govern workplace relations through practical application of modern award.
GLO1 Discipline-specific knowledge
In accordance with Faculty policy relating to units that have no exams, the feedback and grade for this assignment will be published on the Unit’s CloudDeakin site at the same time as academic results for the trimester are released.
Before moving to set out the two tasks that make up this assignment, there is something to note about the allotted word limits. The first task has a limit of 2,500 words, and is to be written in a standard essay format (i.e., an introduction, body and conclusion). In addressing the questions asked in the first task, the answers provided should be appropriately cited and carry a reference section in the usual manner. The number of words should also approximate the allocated word limit within a margin of 10 per cent, excluding the wording contained in the reference section.
The second task has a 1,000 word limit, but much depends on how you choose to answer the questions it asks. It is conceivable that they may be addressed with anywhere between 500 and 1,000 words, depending how you decide to present your calculations and any associated commentary. In short, it is not necessary to exhaust the entirety of the words available to fulfil the requirements of this second task. Nor should it be necessary to go beyond the word limit.
Task 1 (30 marks – 2,500 word limit, excluding the reference section)
In recent years there have been a growing number of well-publicised ‘wage theft’ scandals involving some of Australia’s major firms (e.g., 7-Eleven, Caltex, Coles, Pizza Hut, Target, Woolworths). The first task of this assignment seeks to put you in touch with this issue, which is becoming one of considerable concern for policy-makers, institutions charged regulating the employment relationship, as well as the public more generally. To this end, you are required to answer the following four questions:
- What forms does wage theft take?
- What statistics are available to suggest that wage theft is a problem in Australia?
- What factors have been noted by authoritative sources as contributing to the problem of wage theft?
- What solutions have been put forward or enacted to reduce the problem of wage theft?
Task 2 (20 marks – 500-1,000 word limit, excluding the reference section)
The second task of this assignment involves reading a modern award as a means of calculating an employee’s wage over a working week. It thus provides a practical exercise related to a labour contract regulated under the Fair Work Act 2009. Being familiar with these types of legal instruments has benefits if you are an employee, for it will allow you to understand what your legal entitlements are when in paid employment. It will also be important in your professional role if you engaged as a manager of labour.
The scenario set out below involves an employee working in a particular industry over a given week. Based on the information provided in the scenario, you are first required to identify which modern award applies to the employee in question, and which job category within the chosen award best describes the employee’s work role. Having identified the applicable award and job category, you are then required to answer the questions listed at the conclusion of the scenario. So doing, you are required to set the components and associated calculations used to reach answers. This can be done in a tabular or point form, and if necessary explanatory commentary might also be included to guide the reader through the reasoning applied in reaching your conclusions.
And so to the scenario:
Gracie is a full-time electrical mechanic working in the building and construction industry. She has completed her trade apprenticeship and holds A Grade electrician’s licence, as well as an Engineering Construction Industry Certificate Level 3. She applies her electrical skills in her daily employment, and has a sound understanding of construction processes, which involves handling specialised materials, operating machinery and equipment and undertaking mechanical installations applicable to her trade. She is also capable of performing work which is incidental or peripheral to her primary trade-related tasks, such as sheet-metal fabrication, as well as welding and cutting. Gracie furthermore has a leading hand role in being responsible for the supervision of five trade labourers. She is presently employed at a building site on which a multi-level apartment complex is being constructed, The complex is destined to be 30 stories high, but at present the structural components, reinforcing steel, boxing and walls are only completed to the 20th floor.
The firm that Gracie works for operates on the basis of a 38 ordinary hour working week, which is averaged over a 20 day, four week cycle, so as to allow for a paid rostered day off.
For tax purposes, Gracie is an unmarried Australian resident with no children, has provided a Tax File Number and claimed a tax-free threshold be applied, and she has no Medicare levy, Higher Education loan or any other form of tax off-sets in play.
Gracie’s regular working week begins at 7.00am, and finishes at 3.30pm, Monday to
Friday, with a 10 minute break at 9.30am each day, as well a 30 minute lunch break at 12.00pm. Last week, Gracie worked a regular working week, but in addition she also worked some overtime. On Thursday, she was asked at short notice to work until 7.30pm, which encompassed a 20 minute break. She also worked on Sunday between 8.00am-
4.30pm, which encompassed a 30 minute meal break.
Based on the scenario set out in the above, answer the following questions:
- What will be Gracie’s gross income for the week worked in the scenario?
- What taxation needs to be remitted to the Australian Taxation Office on Gracie’s behalf?
- What superannuation contribution needs to the be forwarded to Gracie’s superannuation fund on her behalf?
- What will be Gracie’s net wage (or take-home pay) for the week worked in the scenario?
(10 marks – Grammar, syntax, spelling, citation method and referencing)
- This is not a group assignment.
- Adhere to the word limit as set out above.
- 5 space your work.
- Do not provide an executive summary or table of contents. This is not a ‘report’. It is an essay that should conform with a standard format of its type (i.e., an introduction, a body and a conclusion).
- Harvard style in-text referencing is acceptable.
- There is no recommended number of sources that should be cited.
- Papers with no citation will attract an automatic zero. Resubmission is not an option.
- Papers that have no reference section will attract an automatic zero. Resubmission is not an option.
- Papers that do not apply correct citation format will be marked down, though markers will allow some leeway for minor errors if a genuine attempt to apply a correct citation format is evident. If you are unsure of how to cite the sources used when writing university level essays, then the following University web-site should be consulted:
- Papers that apply citation to mask plagiarism will be automatically referred to the Academic Progress Committee, as will all cases of plagiarism. If you are unsure of what constitutes plagiarism, then the following University web-site should be consulted:
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Penalties for late submission
The following marking penalties will apply if you submit an assessment task after the due date without an approved extension: 5% will be deducted from the available marks for each day, up to five days. Work submitted more than five days after the due date will not be marked. The late penalty is therefore calculated as follows:
- day late – 3 mark penalty.
- days late – 6 mark penalty.
- days late – 9 mark penalty
- days late – 12 mark penalty
- days late – 15 mark penalty
Longer than five days – all assignment marks are forfeited – 60 mark penalty.