What is Inclement Weather?

Inclement weather is defined as the existence of rain or abnormal climatic conditions (such as hail, snow, cold, high wind, severe dust storm, extreme high temperature or any combination of these conditions) where it not reasonable or it is unsafe for employees (including apprentices and trainees) to continue to work in those conditions.

Work on site must cease when there is inclement weather which makes work unsafe.

What does this mean for the Building and Construction Industry?

The Building and Construction General On-Site Award 2010 (Clause 24) outlines the provisions that must be applied to employees in general building and construction or civil construction that are unable to perform work onsite due to inclement weather.

Under the Award, where an employee (including apprentices and trainees) is unable to perform work at any location because of inclement weather, the employee will receive payment at the ordinary hourly rate for ordinary hours.

Payment for lost time due to inclement weather is subject to a maximum of 32 hours of pay in any 4-week period for each employee

What does this mean if I have a Master Builders Apprentice or Trainee?

Where an inclement weather event occurs, you may find alternative work for the MBA apprentice or trainee (within the apprentice or trainees’ level of capabilities and classification) at a different location where it is reasonable and safe to work.

However, in accordance with the Building and Construction General On-Site Award 2010, an MBA apprentice or trainee must be paid for any hours lost if they have been unable to work due to inclement weather up to a maximum of 32 hours pay in any 4-week period.

As such, if the MBA apprentice or trainee is unable to work due to inclement weather and no alternative arrangements have been made, you will be invoiced against inclement weather for this time at the ordinary hours Invoice Rate you have been provided.

What if Inclement Weather Exceeds 32 hours in any 4-week period for an MBA Apprentice or Trainee?

Master Builders Apprenticeship Services will monitor inclement weather hours for each MBA apprentice or trainee.  You will not be invoiced for any inclement weather hours in excess of 32 hours in any 4-week period per MBA apprentice or trainee.

In the event that the inclement weather hours exceeds 32 hours in any 4-week period, Master Builders will contact the MBA apprentice or trainee to determine how the additional hours will be treated.  If the MBA apprentice or trainee has accrued RDO’s, the accrued RDO hours will be used for any inclement weather hours in excess of 32 hours in any 4-week period. Otherwise, the apprentices can choose to take annual leave or leave without pay for this time.

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This document outlines the direct debit arrangements between Master Builders Association of NSW Pty Ltd, ABN 11 074 397 532 (MBANSW) and you.

MBANSW is the registered Group Training Organisation and Apprenticeship Services arm of Master Builders Association of New South Wales, ABN 96 550 042 906 (Master Builders)

“You”, “your” and “Training Employer” refer to you, your company and business nominated in the table below.

This document outlines the direct debit arrangements between MBANSW and you.

Direct Debit Terms and Conditions

  • Your nominated account or credit card will be debited weekly for hosting a MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee.
  • The first debit to your account will occur within 7 working days of the MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee commencing their placement with your business.
  • If an invoice payment is due on a non-business day, it will be debited from your account on the following business day.
  • Training Employer account information held by MBANSW will be kept confidential. Please note that some information is provided to the MBANSW financial institution to initiate the debit to your nominated account.
  • MBANSW will give you a minimum of 14 days’ notice in writing of changes to these Terms and Conditions.
  • If you wish to make changes to this arrangement, please contact MBANSW on (02) 8586 3533.

Your responsibility in this arrangement

  • Ensure that your nominated account can accept direct debits (your financial institution can confirm this).
  • Ensure there are sufficient cleared funds in the nominated account on the drawing date.
  • Advise MBANSW in writing if the nominated account is transferred or closed.


Please note that if your payment is dishonoured by your financial institution, a re-draw will take place within 7 days.

Any transaction fees payable by MBANSW in respect to a dishonoured payment will be added to your account.

Enquiries

Please direct all enquiries to MBAS (02) 8586 3533 or [email protected];

Please include your phone and email address.

I/We authorise MBANSW to arrange for funds to be debited from my/our nominated account at the financial institution identified below.

This authority to direct debit will remain in place in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.