New Family and Domestic Violence Leave entitlements begin February 1

Following the passage of the Fair Work Amendment (Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Act 2022 (the Act) in...

Following the passage of the Fair Work Amendment (Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Act 2022 (the Act) in November last year, 1 February 2023 marks the day many employees become entitled to ten days of paid leave for occasions where they need time off work to deal with...

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Retail sector unveils sexual harassment prevention guide

The National Retail Association (NRA) has taken a lead role in creating safer, more respectful workplaces for retail workers...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has taken a lead role in creating safer, more respectful workplaces for retail workers with the release of its Sexual Harassment Prevention Guide today. Lindsay Carroll, Interim CEO of the peak industry body, said the Guide to Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Retail and Food Service Environments...

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‘Zombie’ enterprise agreements set to expire

With the passing of the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Act 2022, a 12-month timer has...

With the passing of the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Act 2022, a 12-month timer has begun on all ‘zombie’ enterprise agreements. What is a ‘zombie’ agreement? A zombie agreement is a coverall term that refers to agreement-based transitional instruments, such as workplace agreements or workplace determinations made...

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Child employment – Understand your obligations

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 review their child employment obligations and ensure they are compliant when engaging younger workers during the busy holiday season. This is especially true for Victorian employers as the Victorian Wage...

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Age Diversity: The superpower you need to harness

Finding the right staff is critical to maintaining a well-skilled and productive workforce. Skills and labour shortages, wage competition,...

Finding the right staff is critical to maintaining a well-skilled and productive workforce. Skills and labour shortages, wage competition, and a shrinking workforce are all reasons to examine your employment practices to ensure you can find your next worker as early as possible. The Australian retail sector has been...

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New Employer Obligations as Respect at Work Bill Passes

The Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022 (Bill) yesterday passed both Houses of Parliament...

The Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022 (Bill) yesterday passed both Houses of Parliament and will soon become law. The Bill will implement a further 6 of the recommendations made in the [email protected] report, perhaps most notably for employers introducing a positive duty to take...

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NRA shares retailer views on IR Bill with Senate Inquiry

Following our strong criticisms of the truncated consultation process for the Federal Government’s “Secure Jobs, Better Pay” Bill, the...

Following our strong criticisms of the truncated consultation process for the Federal Government’s “Secure Jobs, Better Pay” Bill, the National Retail Association was pleased to leverage our significant workplace relations expertise to reflect the views of the industry in its comprehensive submission to the Senate Inquiry last week. A...

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NRA Expands Member Advisory Services with Appointment of Experienced Retail Leader

The National Retail Association is pleased to announce its strategic appointment of experienced retail and people leader, Amy Lynes,...

The National Retail Association is pleased to announce its strategic appointment of experienced retail and people leader, Amy Lynes, to bolster our member advisory services with specialised human resources and workforce planning support. The National Retail Association has always been best in market with advising on HR and workplace relations...

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Restaurant Industry Award wages increase on 1 October 2022

Employers in the restaurant industry are reminded that from 1 October 2022 minimum rates of pay will increase. Following the...

Employers in the restaurant industry are reminded that from 1 October 2022 minimum rates of pay will increase. Following the Annual Wage Review decision in June, the Fair Work Commission ordered the 5.2% increase to minimum rates for all modern awards. This increase was delayed for numerous industries, including the restaurant...

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Retailers welcome workers’ right to paid domestic violence leave

Retailers have welcomed the Albanese Government’s Paid Domestic and Family Violence Leave legislation, introduced to parliament today. National Retail Association...

Retailers have welcomed the Albanese Government’s Paid Domestic and Family Violence Leave legislation, introduced to parliament today. National Retail Association Chief Executive Dominique Lamb said as the country’s second largest employing sector, particularly of women and casual workers who are disproportionately affected by family and domestic violence, the move to...

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BREAKDOWN: Queensland mandatory vaccination requirements

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions from our membership to provide more clarity about what you...

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions from our membership to provide more clarity about what you can and cannot do in Queensland after Friday, 17 December.   GENERAL Q: Have government public health orders for mandatory vaccination in Queensland been published? A: Yes, the new Public Health and Social...

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Update to Retail Award minimum daily engagement provisions

In welcome news for retail employers, the Fair Work Commission has resolved a drafting error concerning minimum daily engagements...

In welcome news for retail employers, the Fair Work Commission has resolved a drafting error concerning minimum daily engagements for casual employees under the General Retail Industry Award 2020 (Retail Award). During the plain language redraft of the Retail Award in October 2020, the description of the minimum daily engagement...

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Business calls for IR flexibilities to be reintroduced

Business is urging Prime Minister Scott Morrison to reinstate the temporary industrial relations flexibilities in the Fair Work Act when Parliament...

Business is urging Prime Minister Scott Morrison to reinstate the temporary industrial relations flexibilities in the Fair Work Act when Parliament resumes as a means of supporting employers and employees through the country’s latest as well as future lockdowns. We thank the Fair Work Commission for the invitation to meet yesterday alongside unions and government...

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Wage theft now a crime in Victoria

From Thursday 1 July 2021, wage theft is now a criminal offence in Victoria, and employers who deliberately underpay...

From Thursday 1 July 2021, wage theft is now a criminal offence in Victoria, and employers who deliberately underpay or don’t pay their workers now face fines of up to almost $1 million for companies and up to 10 years’ jail or up to $200,000 for individuals. Under the Wage...

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New wage summaries now available

Last week, the Fair Work Commission handed down its decision in the 2020/2021 Annual Wage Review. The minimum base...

Last week, the Fair Work Commission handed down its decision in the 2020/2021 Annual Wage Review. The minimum base wage payable under Modern Awards will increase by 2.5%. what to pay staff New wage summaries incorporating the 2.5% increase are now available on the NRA’s Member Portal for the following...

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What the government responses to the [email protected] report mean for employers

Sexual harassment is usually not an isolated incident, and it is rarely a situation of a misunderstanding or of...

Sexual harassment is usually not an isolated incident, and it is rarely a situation of a misunderstanding or of innocent “appreciation”. Rather, it is frequently the product of a workplace culture that at best overlooks (and at worst enables) such conduct, which can have significant consequences for health and...

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