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VIC Employment Law - Who Should Pay for Pre-Employment Medicals & Training?

Discussion in 'Employment Law Forum' started by Dave1456, 6 December 2015.

  1. Dave1456

    Dave1456 Active Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I have been perusing through the job adverts on Seek this weekend hoping to find something of interest.

    I noticed that one company suggested in their advertisements that "Successful applicants will need to undertake pre-employment, drug and alcohol screening and dangerous goods training at their own expense, prior to commencing training."

    I found this unusual to expect a successful applicant to do this where costs are associated with the recruitment process and to pay for their own training.

    My question! Is this legal under Employment Law for a recruitment agency or a business to pass on costs associated with pre-employment medicals and training to successful applicants?

    Kind Regards
     
  2. Therese

    Therese Well-Known Member

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    Hi Dave1456,

    I agree it seems a little odd for them to expect training to be done at your own expense.

    It is my understanding that an Modern Awards or Enterprise Agreements will set out the legal requirements in regards to training etc

    See Agreements - Awards and agreements - Fair Work Ombudsman and Awards - Fair Work Ombudsman.

    In regards to pre-employment training or checks it is my understanding that there is no legislative requirement, despite it being common for the employer to pay.

    For more information you may wish to contact Fair Work Australia.
     
  3. Dave1456

    Dave1456 Active Member

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    Thanks, Therese, for your help.

    Kind Regards.
     

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