Michelle Lensink

Industrial Law Reform (Enterprise And Economic Development-Labour Market Relations) Bill

This speech is in relation to the Industrial Law Reform (Enterprise And Economic Development-Labour Market Relations) Bill. The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK expresses that employees require atleast six months to settle into a job and understand the workings of it.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: I would like to make a plea to the crossbench MPs. I am not sure how many of them have been in a position of hiring and firing people, but I certainly have. Particularly when you are in a small organisation, after three months it is often difficult to know whether somebody is grasping the rudimentaries of their job or whether, in fact, there are so many elements that are complex that they still need more time. I think, realistically, a number of people in any position, unless it is very basic, unskilled work, require at least six months, if not 12 months, to really settle into the job and understand the workings of it. I think after three months people are really only beginning to grasp their role and how they fit in. So I urge all honourable members to consider that.

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