LUSH issue shows businesses must be alert and proactive on staff entitlements

The National Retail Association has today warned all businesses large and small of the need to be alert and proactive when dealing with their employees’ pay and entitlements, in the wake of the LUSH Cosmetics Australia issue. NRA Chief Executive Officer Dominique Lamb commended LUSH for the way they had responded after discovering long-standing compliance […]

NRA Partners with Women in Retail & FMCG Leadership Summit

Research continues to demonstrate the value of a diverse leadership team. While this makes a great case for achieving gender parity, women remain heavily underrepresented at the executive level in retail and FMCG. Only 12% of women occupy CEO positions, despite making up the majority of the workforce. At the consumer level, women contribute to […]

Forums will get Queensland ready for Container Refund Scheme

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Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Leeanne Enoch A series of community forums will be held across Queensland to encourage community groups to participate in recycling opportunities through Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme, which starts on November 1. Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said […]

Legislative update: Modern slavery in supply chains

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal On 28 June 2018, the Commonwealth introduced the Modern Slavery Bill, which, if passed, will target the supply chains of large businesses in a bid to quash modern slavery in Australia. A week prior, on 21 June 2018, the New South Wales Government passed the Modern Slavery […]

Message from the CEO: 17 July 2018

CEO Dominique Lamb

“Retail was a notable exception, with conditions in the sector remaining weaker.” It’s not the results we wanted to hear from NAB’s monthly business survey. The survey showed business conditions have been edging slightly higher, with conditions remaining favourable across most states and industries. But it’s not exactly a shock. You already know that retail […]

Obscene Instagram post to co-worker justified dismissal

By Sooraj Sidhu and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The summary dismissal of a 47 year old employee at a major private hospital in Sydney has been upheld by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) after finding that he sent an Instagram post “of a sexual nature” to a young nurse outside of work hours. This decision […]

Message from the CEO – July 10

CEO Dominique Lamb

As you would be aware with an imminent election, we are always on the lookout for a friendly face in the corridors of Canberra. This enables us to cut through when we are advocating on your behalf about the challenges facing Australian retailers. But no amount of understanding can ever replace the actual experience of […]

Domestic Violence Leave set to arrive on 1 August 2018

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On Friday 6 June 2018 the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission, in a decision published that afternoon, advised that it intended that Domestic Violence Leave would commence through the modern award system on 1 August 2018. Background This decision finalises a process which saw the Fair Work Commission reject the ACTU’s claim for […]

Full Bench hands down decision on loaded rates

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By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Last Thursday a five-member Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission, headed by Vice President Adam Hatcher, handed down its decision in the Loaded Rates in Agreements Case. This case considered eight (later reduced to five) enterprise agreements for which the Commission’s approval was sought. Each of […]

Don’t Bag Retail Staff – SDA campaign on new plastic bag bans

Single-use plastic bag bans are now in place across Queensland and Western Australia and all Coles and Woolworths stores Australia-wide. The SDA, the union for retail and fast food workers, is running a “Don’t Bag Retail Staff” campaign as part of their ongoing work to stop abusive and violent behaviour from customers towards retail and […]