Part time flexibility application will reduce employment

An ACTU and COSBOA flexible part-time employment proposal for the General Retail Award is poorly drafted, will add more...

An ACTU and COSBOA flexible part-time employment proposal for the General Retail Award is poorly drafted, will add more red tape and risks exposing business operators, including small businesses, to costly disputes and the perils of ‘go away’ money. The joint Union/COSBOA application to vary the General Retail Award largely...

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Changes to Single Touch Payroll reporting from 1 July 2021

Employers should be reporting through Single Touch Payroll (STP) unless they only have closely held payees, or they are...

Employers should be reporting through Single Touch Payroll (STP) unless they only have closely held payees, or they are covered by a deferral or exemption. There are changes to STP reporting for small employers with closely held payees and quarterly reporting for micro employers from 1 July 2021. This...

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Next phase of JobKeeper commences today

In accordance with previous announcements, the next phase in the winding-back of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme takes effect from...

In accordance with previous announcements, the next phase in the winding-back of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme takes effect from today, 4 January 2021. The amount of JobKeeper payments will be reduced as follows:     Businesses who have been receiving the payment also need to undertake the following tasks:   Re-assess business eligibility Businesses will only...

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Retailers back the Morrison Government’s vital industrial relations reforms

The National Retail Association has welcomed proposed legislation by the Morrison Government to provide greater clarity on casual employment...

The National Retail Association has welcomed proposed legislation by the Morrison Government to provide greater clarity on casual employment laws and prevent job-destroying backpay claims. The Bill to be introduced before Federal Parliament this week seeks to provide greater clarity to both workers and employers regarding pay entitlements while also...

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Underpaying vulnerable workers sees franchisee penalised $230,040 by Court

By Andrew Piper and Alex Millman, NRA Legal   An ex-franchisee has been slapped with over $230,000 worth of penalties by...

By Andrew Piper and Alex Millman, NRA Legal   An ex-franchisee has been slapped with over $230,000 worth of penalties by the Federal Circuit Court for continuing to underpay vulnerable workers despite being prosecuted previously for similar conduct. This prosecution is particularly significant since it is the first time that the Fair...

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When do I need to notify WorkSafe of an incident in the workplace?

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Over the past weeks, news has tragically emerged of two delivery riders...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Over the past weeks, news has tragically emerged of two delivery riders who were fatally struck by vehicles days apart in Sydney. The incidents have sparked renewed calls for more consistent WHS reporting obligations across Australia. When a serious safety incident occurs in...

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Employer dodges conviction for child labour offences as regulator flexes muscles

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal In a stark sign of the times, the Victorian Wage Inspectorate (VWI)...

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal In a stark sign of the times, the Victorian Wage Inspectorate (VWI) has claimed its first criminal prosecution under child labour laws, and emphasized that it stands ready, willing and unafraid to prosecute wage theft offences when it gains that power next...

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COVID Controversy: Obtaining pandemic-relevant information from employees

By Andrew Piper and Alex Millman, NRA Legal As businesses navigate the challenges of ensuring the health and safety of...

By Andrew Piper and Alex Millman, NRA Legal As businesses navigate the challenges of ensuring the health and safety of their customers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, they must be careful to avoid infringing upon the privacy of their employees. A recent decision in the Fair Work Commission is useful...

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Presumptuous payroll rules end in heavy penalties for employer

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal In a stern warning for employers who “automate” certain parts of their...

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal In a stern warning for employers who “automate” certain parts of their payroll processes, the South Australian Employment Tribunal (the Tribunal) has slammed an employer with significant penalties for automatically deducting unpaid meal breaks from an employee’s day. The Tribunal also imposed penalties...

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Parliament passes JobKeeper 2.0

This afternoon, Parliament passed the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Jobkeeper Payments) Amendment Bill 2020 which gives effect to the...

This afternoon, Parliament passed the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Jobkeeper Payments) Amendment Bill 2020 which gives effect to the previously announced extension of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme until 28 March 2021. To continue participating in the scheme after 27 September 2020, employers will need to meet revised eligibility requirements, and reassess...

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“Hopelessly cavalier”: Fair Work Commission cracks down on discriminatory redundancies

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The Fair Work Commission has taken aim at a family-owned retail business...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The Fair Work Commission has taken aim at a family-owned retail business and a financial services firm, both of whom restructured their operations after they were notified that two respective employees had fallen pregnant. In a rare consent arbitration, Compuworld was found to...

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NRA launches retail-first guide this Wear It Purple Day

The National Retail Association (NRA) has called for greater awareness and action to support transgender people in the retail...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has called for greater awareness and action to support transgender people in the retail industry, as it marks ‘Wear it Purple’ Day by launching a new publication for employers, the ‘Guide to Creating Trans Inclusive Workplaces’. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb highlighted, “As the largest employer...

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The definitive guide to employee classification levels

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal One of the most common questions we are asked on the NRA’s...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal One of the most common questions we are asked on the NRA’s workplace relations hotline is how to correctly classify employees. In most cases, this is a fairly straight forward exercise, and it’s an important skill for business owners to develop. However, like...

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Transgender inclusion in the workplace

By Thomas Parer and Alex Millman, NRA Legal Seven years ago, on 1 August 2013, it became unlawful across all...

By Thomas Parer and Alex Millman, NRA Legal Seven years ago, on 1 August 2013, it became unlawful across all of Australia to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984. This change was the result of decades of work...

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High Court confirms status quo on personal leave

By Thomas Parer and Alex Millman, NRA Legal On 13 August 2020, the High Court of Australia delivered its eagerly-awaited...

By Thomas Parer and Alex Millman, NRA Legal On 13 August 2020, the High Court of Australia delivered its eagerly-awaited judgment in the case Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd v Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union HCA 29 (Mondelez v AMWU). The matter dealt with the interpretation...

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Night on the town sinks compensation claim

by Andrew Piper and Alex Millman, NRA Legal Many employers offer their employees the opportunity to travel during their employment...

by Andrew Piper and Alex Millman, NRA Legal Many employers offer their employees the opportunity to travel during their employment – whether to meet clients or customers, or to attend training, seminars, or conferences, and this is often considered a “perk” of the job. Often these journeys come with a reasonable...

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