Unfair dismissals in Australia: Does arbitration help employees?

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dc.contributor.author Chelliah, J
dc.contributor.author D'Netto, B
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:38:03Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Employee Relations, 2006, 28 (5), pp. 483 - 495
dc.identifier.issn 0142-5455
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/5402
dc.description.abstract Purpose - To determine the factors associated with arbitration awards in unfair dismissal complaints under Australian federal legislation and to assess whether employees benefit from arbitration. Design/methodology/approach - This research involves an empirical analysis of 342 decisions in 17 industries by arbitrators in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission over the four year period 1997-2000. Logistic and ordinary least squares regression are used to analyse the data. Findings - The findings of this study indicate that 50.6 per cent of arbitration decisions were in favour of employees and only 10.8 per cent of complainants were reinstated. Independent variables which are significantly associated with each of the three dependent variables are identified. Research implications/limitations - The results of this study enable researchers to gain a deeper understanding of the arbitration process and recognise independent variables that are associated with the arbitrator's decision in unfair dismissal cases. Practical implications - Employers lose half the unfair dismissal cases that go to arbitration. To reduce legal and associated costs, employers may need to look at ways of creating a more harmonious workplace. Employees do not benefit much from arbitration and have little chance of reclaiming their jobs. Reaching a settlement through mediation may be a better option. Originality/value - This is the first study to assess arbitration decisions in Australia. By developing a conceptual model based on arbitration outcomes and structuring the analysis on this model, the paper presents a logical understanding of the factors that drive arbitration decisions and remedies. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1108/01425450610683672
dc.rights This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here (http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/research/handle/10453/5402). Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
dc.title Unfair dismissals in Australia: Does arbitration help employees?
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Employee Relations
dc.journal.volume 5
dc.journal.volume 28
dc.journal.number 5 en_US
dc.publocation Bradford, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 483 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 495 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.School of Management en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 150306 Industrial Relations
dc.for 150305 Human Resources Management
dc.personcode 040566
dc.percentage 50 en_US
dc.classification.name Human Resources Management en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords arbitration; Australia; dismissal; employees; industrial relations en_US
dc.description.keywords arbitration
dc.description.keywords Australia
dc.description.keywords dismissal
dc.description.keywords employees
dc.description.keywords industrial relations
dc.description.keywords Arbitration
dc.description.keywords Dismissal
dc.description.keywords Employees
dc.description.keywords Industrial relations
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business/School of Management
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Corporate Governance
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)
utslib.collection.history School of Management (ID: 329)

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