Have we got that on tape? The risks of covert workplace investigations

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Since before the introduction of the Fair Work Act it has taken...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Since before the introduction of the Fair Work Act it has taken more than just a valid reason to dismiss an employee. From providing an opportunity to respond, to not refusing a request for a support person – these additional ‘procedural fairness’ steps...

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The Nightmare before Christmas: Queensland introduces Part-Public Holiday on Christmas Eve

Despite strong objection from industry, the Queensland’s Parliament today passed a Bill to make Christmas Eve a part-day public...

Despite strong objection from industry, the Queensland’s Parliament today passed a Bill to make Christmas Eve a part-day public holiday – all work in Queensland after 6:00pm on 24th December will now be treated as a public holiday. In its submission to the Queensland Government, the National Retail Association expressed...

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Loaded Rates in Enterprise Agreements: Balancing efficiency against costs

By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The Fair Work Commission has recently handed down a significant decision...

By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The Fair Work Commission has recently handed down a significant decision to approve two enterprise agreements for ALDI stores which included ‘loaded rates’, after being the only agreements of five not to be dismissed in last year’s notable ‘Loaded Rates Agreement...

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Senate to undertake national “wage theft” inquiry – Don’t be a case study!

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal With “wage theft” being a hot topic politically, Parliaments around Australia have...

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal With “wage theft” being a hot topic politically, Parliaments around Australia have undertaken inquiries into the matter at a State level since 2018. Following inquiries into “wage theft” in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, the Federal Opposition has established a similar inquiry...

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Affected by bushfire? A guide to managing your employees during a natural disaster

By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal With many Queensland and New South Wales residents displaced from homes...

By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal With many Queensland and New South Wales residents displaced from homes due to large-scale bushfires and wide swathes of the country on high fire alert, many employers are contending with the impact these natural disasters may have on their business and...

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Chargeback fraud on the rise following changes to merchant rules

By Alexander Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Members of the National Retail Association (NRA) are experiencing an increase in...

By Alexander Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Members of the National Retail Association (NRA) are experiencing an increase in chargeback fraud following changes to the transaction disputation rules of major card providers. In 2018, both Visa and MasterCard changed their transaction disputation rules to make the process of challenging a...

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Flirting, harassment and essence of the consent: Sexual harassment in the workplace

By Thomas Parer and Alex Millman, NRA Legal Despite legal protections against sexual harassment existing for some time, it...

By Thomas Parer and Alex Millman, NRA Legal Despite legal protections against sexual harassment existing for some time, it remains an ever present issue in the workplace. The commonality of sexual harassment may be because what constitutes “sexual harassment” is broader than what most likely comes to mind when individuals...

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What you need to know about the latest changes to the Workers’ Compensation scheme in Queensland

By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Last week the Queensland Government passed new laws that will change...

By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Last week the Queensland Government passed new laws that will change the state’s Workers’ Compensation scheme by introducing some greater responsibilities on employers and insurers, and expanding the scope of coverage for the scheme. The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation...

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Guilty as charged: when considering a criminal record might amount to discrimination

By Alex Millman and Lucy Coogan, NRA Legal The Federal Government has offered employers some clarity around recruiting applicants with...

By Alex Millman and Lucy Coogan, NRA Legal The Federal Government has offered employers some clarity around recruiting applicants with criminal records, after the Australian Human Rights Commission (‘AHRC’) found that Suncorp discriminated against a job applicant with a record. The Australian Human Rights Commission Regulations 2019 (‘the new regulations’) ,...

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‘TikTok’ in the Workplace – A Ticking Time Bomb?

By Thomas Parer and Zoe Brodie, NRA Legal Televisions have become flatter, we’ve moved from typewriters to laptops, and...

By Thomas Parer and Zoe Brodie, NRA Legal Televisions have become flatter, we’ve moved from typewriters to laptops, and now mobile phones have become our everything-in-one device which dominates communication and even some people’s lives. A number of apps and online platforms have emerged to facilitate a purely digital...

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Start the clock on dismissal claims

By Zoe Brodie and Calum Woods, NRA Legal Whether it’s a quarrelsome employee, a serial underperformer, or a casualty of...

By Zoe Brodie and Calum Woods, NRA Legal Whether it’s a quarrelsome employee, a serial underperformer, or a casualty of automation, the stress of dismissing an employee doesn’t end on their last day of employment. It’s not until 3 weeks (or 21 days) later, when the time limit to file a...

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Message from the CEO: 24 September 2019

With retail continuing to undergo a period of slow sales and low consumer confidence, one of the biggest challenges...

With retail continuing to undergo a period of slow sales and low consumer confidence, one of the biggest challenges is keeping you and your staff motivated. Owning your own business can be a gruelling experience at the best of times and this is only compounded when economic conditions are sluggish....

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Redundancy: A question of intent

Redundancy: A question of intent By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The concept of redundancy is a reasonably straightforward...

Redundancy: A question of intent By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The concept of redundancy is a reasonably straightforward one – the employer no longer requires the particular job occupied by an individual to be done by anyone. Case closed. The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) modifies this...

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Mental health and discrimination

De-mystifying discrimination and mental health  By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The last major study into mental health in Australia...

De-mystifying discrimination and mental health  By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The last major study into mental health in Australia by the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirmed that 15% of Australians had experienced an affective disorder like depression, while 26.3% have experienced an anxiety disorder. The increasing awareness of mental health...

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HR Game Changer!

If you are a human resources (HR) professional, manager or business owner than you cannot miss the NRA’s HR...

If you are a human resources (HR) professional, manager or business owner than you cannot miss the NRA’s HR Academy conference to be held on Tuesday, 3 September 2019. HR Academy is a one-day event, gathering together leaders from business, government, industry associations, top tier professional services firms, and cutting-edge tech...

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Ombudsman successful in significantly increasing directors’ penalties

By Lucy Harper and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal In the current enforcement climate, it is valuable to note a recent...

By Lucy Harper and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal In the current enforcement climate, it is valuable to note a recent case in which the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) was successful in obtaining an increase of fines on appeal to almost five times the initial order, for an underpaying company director. In...

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