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Navigating Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBAs) in the civil construction industry can be complex and challenging. EBAs involve negotiations between employers and often with unions to determine the terms and conditions of employment. Varicon is here to streamline this process, making it more efficient and compliant. In this blog post, we’ll cover the essentials of working with employees and unions on EBAs, streamlining timesheet processes, calculating pay runs, and maintaining an audit trail.

What is an EBA?

An EBA, or Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, is a collective agreement made at an enterprise level between employers and employees about terms and conditions of employment. In the civil construction sector, these agreements are crucial as they cover a wide range of employment aspects tailored to the unique needs of the industry.

Importance of EBAs in Civil Construction

Civil construction projects, such as infrastructure development, require precise coordination and compliance with various regulations. EBAs ensure that workers are adequately compensated and protected, fostering a fair and productive work environment. They help standardise employment conditions, reducing disputes and enhancing workplace harmony.

Key Components of a Civil Construction EBA

  1. Wages and Allowances: EBAs typically outline specific wage rates and allowances for different roles within the construction project. This includes base pay, overtime rates, and additional allowances for working in hazardous conditions or during unsociable hours.

  2. Working Hours: These agreements specify the standard working hours and conditions for overtime. In the civil construction industry, where projects often have tight deadlines, clear guidelines on working hours help manage labor costs and worker fatigue.

  3. Safety and Health Provisions: Given the high-risk nature of civil construction, EBAs include comprehensive safety and health provisions. These may cover mandatory training, the provision of safety gear, and protocols for handling emergencies.

  4. Leave Entitlements: EBAs detail various leave entitlements, including annual leave, sick leave, and long service leave. They ensure that workers have access to necessary breaks and time off, which is crucial for maintaining workforce morale and efficiency.

Working with Unions on EBAs

For many civil contractors, there’s no way around working with the union in the negotiation and implementation of EBAs. Working collaboratively with unions ensures that the terms of the EBA are fair and meet the needs of both employees and employers. Key steps in this process include:

  1. Engagement and Negotiation: Engage with union representatives early in the process to understand their expectations and negotiate terms that align with your business objectives.
  2. Transparency: Maintain open communication with all parties involved to foster trust and transparency.
  3. Compliance: Ensure that the EBA complies with the Fair Work Act 2009 and other relevant legislation.

Streamlining Timesheet Processes

Efficient timesheet management is crucial for accurate payroll processing and compliance with EBAs. To streamline this process consider moving to a digital solution for your timesheets that integrates with your accounting software such as Varicon.

Calculating Pay Runs

Calculating pay runs accurately is essential to ensure that employees are compensated fairly and in accordance with the EBA. These calculations can be complicated, including ordinary and overtime hours and a variety of allowance.  This can be very time consuming and error prone when calculated manually.  Ensure your system has appropriate safeguards in place against human error.  A construction specific solution to calculating payroll like Varicon can save you a lot of time while eliminating errors.

Audit Trail for Timesheets and Payroll

Maintaining an audit trail is crucial for transparency and compliance. These records ensure accountability to all of the people involved in creating, approving and processing payroll.  It can also ensure that you are compliant with your legal requirements as an employer.

And don’t forget subcontractors

Many civil contractors have subcontractors working in a similar way to employees, but under an ABN or through a labour hire company.  From the site supervisor perspective, they are treated like any other employee and need to complete timesheets.

Ensure that your system allows for subcontractors also so that you can provide them a summary of approved hours, and you have easily accessible records to verify their invoices.

Why Choose Varicon?

Payroll Automation with Varicon

Varicon streamlines the entire workflow from creating timesheets to completing payroll, ensuring accuracy, compliance, and efficiency. Our solutions are designed to simplify the complex processes involved in managing EBAs, allowing you to focus on your core business activities. Read how Collective Civil reduced their payroll admin time by over 50% by implementing Varicon.

For a no-commitment assessment of your business and to see how Varicon’s Construction Timesheet Software can help streamline your payroll and timesheet processes, please book a free demo.

Peninsula Civil save 30% of the time previously spent on payroll processing with Varicon.

Thanks to Varicon’s mobile timekeeping and payroll automation, Peninsula Civil Solutions slashed payroll processing time by 30%! This boost in efficiency translated to real savings, cutting costs by around $10K annually.

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Author: James Baker

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