Do you work in, or visit a “Remote” location? Well pay attention because this affects you!
Fit for Disposal, sorry Fit for Duty is a way to lay off people without paying them a package. It circumvents protective legislation for discrimination and unfair dismissal whilst appearing, to be caring. It also reduces present and future costs for the company.
How is this achieved?
First set up a medical team with fitness criteria for remote locations NASA would be proud of. Subject people to continual review. If they take sick leave, review the reason even though their own doctor clears them for work. It could provide a reason to terminate them.
Here’s some of the benefits for the company.
• No redundancy payment or package.
• Cancellation of accumulated sick leave commitments.
• Reduced accumulated leave payout (reduced location / field loadings).
• Reduced perceived risk and therefore insurance costs.
• Reduced projected, emergency evacuation costs.
• Reduced cost of replacement (contractor, lower pay scale, fixed term replaceable).
• Reduced entitlement costs including long service benefits and awards.
What about people in non-remote locations. They’re exempt, FFFA (use your imagination).
Where is “Remote”, is it like the “Core” / “Non-Core” argument all over again?
So, are you Fit for Duty or Fit for Disposal, Discharge, Dismissal, Discarding, Departure?