Portable sick leave in the Victorian building industry : managing cumulative employee benefits in the absence of employment security

Underhill, Elsa and Worland, David 2003, Portable sick leave in the Victorian building industry : managing cumulative employee benefits in the absence of employment security, Asia Pacific journal of human resources, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 260-278.

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Title Portable sick leave in the Victorian building industry : managing cumulative employee benefits in the absence of employment security
Author(s) Underhill, Elsa
Worland, David
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of human resources
Volume number 41
Issue number 3
Start page 260
End page 278
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1038-4111
1744-7941
Keyword(s) absenteeism
building industry
short-term employment
employee benefits
Summary The trend away from full-time permanent employment raises questions about the relevance of traditional approaches to managing and compensating employees. Employment in the Australian building industry is characterised by short-term, project-based employment. Employers and unions in the industry have adopted alternative compensation models to accommodate the short-term nature of employment, most notably through portable benefit schemes. In 1997, the Victorian building industry extended the range of portable benefits to include sick leave. Empirical evidence suggests a relationship between employee absence behaviour and accrual entitlement models. Research reported here supports this link, and suggests that both employers and employees can benefit from an alternative, portable, approach to accrued entitlements. Employers can benefit because employees may be less likely to take an instrumental approach to their entitlements. Employees benefit because they are able to accrue entitlements for the period they remain in the building industry, irrespective of the extent to which they change jobs.
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Australian Human Resources Institute
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004227

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