Enterprise agreements are mandatory for employers and workers and apply in the same way as laws or collective agreements. However, an enterprise agreement must not infringe on higher rights. These rights include collective agreements, laws, regulations or EU law. Family and work are not a word for us as it is, but a central pillar of our corporate culture as part of the enterprise agreement: we help and advise you before the start of your parental leave and until you return, we help you find childcare facilities and take care of your family members. Apprentices and students in the alternating program benefit from a specific collective agreement in our company. The three bodies have entered into an enterprise agreement that governs, among other things, the donation procedure and the use of funds. Since the mid-1980s, enterprise contracts have become increasingly important in Austria as an instrument for regulating employment conditions as part of the general trend towards greater flexibility. In particular, many sectoral collective agreements have delegation clauses (opening clauses) that should allow for greater flexibility in working time. Such clauses allow management and corporate committees to enter into enterprise agreements regulating certain working periods within the general framework of collective agreements. Recently, such delegation clauses have also been agreed for certain sectors in order to increase wage flexibility.
(4) Unless otherwise stated in the collective agreement or at the enterprise level, the provisions in paragraphs 1 to 3 of Section 1 are applied for the first time in the next ordinary elections of the Works Council, unless there is no works council or if the Works Council is to be re-elected for other reasons. As explained in more detail in the following entry on the incorporation of a company, there are certain measures that the employer can only introduce after the conclusion of an enterprise contract with the Works Council (as an enterprise agreement, i.e. a compulsory enterprise agreement, i.e. a compulsory enterprise agreement). Secondly, there are other measures and issues on which one of the parties can impose an enterprise agreement: in the event of a non-agreement, the person concerned is entitled to refer the matter to a competent public conciliation and conciliation body in an attempt to transmit and, failing that, to decide the matter itself. An agreement dealing with these issues, either through the parties or through the board, is therefore considered an enforceable enterprise agreement, i.e. an uncon interceptable enterprise agreement. Third, there are several other situations in which, although an enterprise contract may be concluded, one of the parties does not unilaterally impose or do so (an optional enterprise agreement, i.e.
an optional enterprise agreement), i.e. an optional enterprise agreement. The distinction between these three types of enterprise agreements is important not only because they reflect the different participation rights of the Works Council, but also because the law sets out specific rules for each species. For example, a mandatory operating contract cannot be terminated unilaterally, while an optional operating contract may do so. (3) If no provision is included in a collective agreement covering the case described in the subsection (1) point 1 under a) and there is no works council in the establishment, the majority of workers may decide to elect a single business committee. An enterprise agreement is an agreement between the works council and the employer. Therefore, there are no enterprise agreements without a company committee. Negotiating enterprise agreements is one of the main tasks of a company committee.