We’ve heard from several Leap staff who have been handed an Individual Flexibility Agreement (IFA) to sign.
Employees can request an IFA, and an employer can ask an employee to fill one in, but these ones have come out of left field without any discussion about them from either party.
We wrote to Paul to clarify the purpose of the IFAs and to find out if they’ve been given to all staff members or just those who regularly do sleepovers, and in his absence we have heard from Jean who has explained the reasoning for them.
Jean told us they've only been given to staff who do sleepovers on a regular basis, and the reason for it is simply that several workers have said they like to do consecutive sleepover shifts and don’t need the 10-hour break that’s required by the current staff agreement (which management have to abide by unless there’s mutual agreement with the worker involved).
Jean said that about 12 months ago, Leap management wrote to staff saying that if they were happy to do consecutive sleepovers without the 10-hour break in between they’d need to put it in writing but, because only a handful of workers then did so, management thought it would be best to give IFAs to everyone who regularly does sleepovers.
If a member agrees to the IFA's terms and conditions and wants to sign it so they can do consecutive sleepovers without the mandatory 10-hour break, that's fine - but anyone who doesn't agree doesn’t have to sign it.
Any worker who does sign and then changes their mind can cancel the IFA in writing as long as they give management 28 days’ notice.
If you’re happy with it, sign it - if you’re not happy with it, don’t sign - it's that simple.
If you have any other concerns about your IFA, please contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032.