Closing Loopholes Bill No. 2 passes Parliament

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that both Houses of Parliament passed the second tranche of amendments to the...

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that both Houses of Parliament passed the second tranche of amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) under the Albanese Government’s Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 (Bill), with amendments as proposed by the Senate last week.    We will update our...

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Closing Loopholes Bill, one step forward and two steps back on productivity

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. A French expression, meaning the more things change the more they...

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. A French expression, meaning the more things change the more they stay the same, a phrase that seems to sum up Australia’s productivity problem. However, it is hard to be productive when you’re overregulated, constrained, and floating in a sea of...

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Navigating Redundancy and Avoiding Pitfalls

Redundancy is a complex process that requires careful consideration and planning. Redundancies can be difficult for both employers and...

Redundancy is a complex process that requires careful consideration and planning. Redundancies can be difficult for both employers and employees, and if not managed properly, can result in negative outcomes such as low morale, decreased productivity, and legal implications. To avoid the common pitfalls of a redundancy, it is important...

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National Retail Association and the Industry Workforce Advisor Program supports small businesses to secure $250,000 in government grants

Victoria Hansen, Industry Workforce Advisor for the retail and personal services sectors has worked with over 50 Queensland small...

Victoria Hansen, Industry Workforce Advisor for the retail and personal services sectors has worked with over 50 Queensland small businesses to improve their workforce planning skills and develop workforce plans. These businesses, with the support of the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training and the Workforce Connect Fund...

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Large employer gender pay gaps to be published on 27 February 2024

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) is set to publish the gender pay gaps of large Australian employers with...

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) is set to publish the gender pay gaps of large Australian employers with 100 or more employees on 27 February 2024.   Where will the results be published?  WGEA will publish the gender pay gap results for the period of 1 April 2022 – 31 March...

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New regulations for fixed term contracts commence today

Utilising employees on a fixed term basis is an important tool for many businesses to undertake projects, cover long-term...

Utilising employees on a fixed term basis is an important tool for many businesses to undertake projects, cover long-term absences, and manage their workforce. However, as of 6 December 2023, new restrictions on the operation and duration of fixed term contracts have commenced, after being introduced as part of...

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Engaging Junior Workers During the Holiday Season

With the festive sales season in full swing and school holidays around the corner, it is crucial for businesses...

With the festive sales season in full swing and school holidays around the corner, it is crucial for businesses to check their child employment obligations twice and ensure they are compliant when engaging younger workers during the busy holiday season. While the regulations on child employment vary in each State...

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Preparing for peak season: Understanding ‘reasonable additional hours’

In the lead up to the peak retail trade season, employers may have additional hours on offer to staff...

In the lead up to the peak retail trade season, employers may have additional hours on offer to staff during busy times. Importantly, beyond being aware of the applicable rates of pay for additional ordinary hours and overtime, employers ought to familiarise themselves with the factors necessary to consider...

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Everyone has a role to play in preventing sexual harassment

Since the passage of the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Act 2022 (Act), employers have...

Since the passage of the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Act 2022 (Act), employers have been grappling with how they can meet their duty to proactively prevent sexual harassment. The Act introduced a positive duty on employers to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate unlawful...

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Understanding the Fair Work Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill

The Albanese Labor Government has introduced the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023  (the Bill) to Parliament which will...

The Albanese Labor Government has introduced the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023  (the Bill) to Parliament which will significantly amend the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).  The National Retail Association has published a detailed factsheet unpacking the proposed changes in the “Closing Loopholes” Bill that members can access for FREE...

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Fair Work Commission announces review of retail and food service industry modern awards

In a further significant development in the industrial relations arena, the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) announced on Friday...

In a further significant development in the industrial relations arena, the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) announced on Friday that it will be reviewing seven commonly used modern awards. The announcement follows correspondence from the Hon. Tony Burke MP, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations to Adam Hatcher, President...

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Businesses urged to remove unfair contract terms ahead of law changes

The ACCC is encouraging businesses to review their standard form contracts and remove or amend any unfair contract terms...

The ACCC is encouraging businesses to review their standard form contracts and remove or amend any unfair contract terms before new penalties take effect. From 9 November, changes to the Australian Consumer Law will prohibit businesses from proposing, using, or relying on unfair contract terms in standard form contracts with...

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Government introduces Fair Work Amendment ‘Closing Loopholes’ Bill

Yesterday afternoon, the Albanese Labor Government introduced the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 (the Bill) to...

Yesterday afternoon, the Albanese Labor Government introduced the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 (the Bill) to Parliament which will significantly amend the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). The National Retail Association is committed to assisting and supporting our valued members and will be reviewing the Bill and...

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Director personally liable for wage underpayments

In a timely reminder about wage compliance, the Fair Work Ombudsman has recently persuaded a court to hold a...

In a timely reminder about wage compliance, the Fair Work Ombudsman has recently persuaded a court to hold a director personally liable for underpayments made to staff. This case serves as a reminder that those who make executive decisions that result in contraventions of minimum conditions, may be held...

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Everyone has a role to play in preventing sexual harassment

Since the passage of the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Act 2022 (Act), employers have...

Since the passage of the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Act 2022 (Act), employers have been grappling with how they can meet their duty to proactively prevent sexual harassment. The Act introduced a positive duty on employers to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate unlawful...

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The Importance of Prioritising Proper Performance Management

As a manager or human resources professional in the retail or quick service sectors, managing employee performance can easily...

As a manager or human resources professional in the retail or quick service sectors, managing employee performance can easily fall by the wayside amongst the hustle and bustle of day-to-day operations. In many cases, poor performance will fester because employees have not been made aware of their poor performance issues,...

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