Legal Beagles | Episode 5: Does this wage look right to you?

Does this wage look right to you? The Legal Beagles, Cal and Al, return for 2020 with a brand...

Does this wage look right to you? The Legal Beagles, Cal and Al, return for 2020 with a brand new analysis on the wage theft (or non-compliance) scandals that have rocked the headlines. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like they made any New Years resolutions to be nicer to each...

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Employ staff on a salary? Here’s what you need to know

By Andrew Piper and Calum Woods, NRA Legal It is a common misconception that once an employee is paid a...

By Andrew Piper and Calum Woods, NRA Legal It is a common misconception that once an employee is paid a salary, a modern award no longer applies to their employment. Whether a modern award applies to a person mostly depends on the duties they perform, and while their salary can...

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If an employee gets high can we say goodbye? Not necessarily, says the FWC

By Andrew Piper and Alex Millman, NRA Legal Employers often spruik their ‘zero tolerance’ drug and alcohol policies when trumpeting...

By Andrew Piper and Alex Millman, NRA Legal Employers often spruik their ‘zero tolerance’ drug and alcohol policies when trumpeting their safety and workplace processes and cultures. However, the Fair Work Commission has also been promoting a ‘zero tolerance’ approach of its own towards unfair dismissals. In a recent decision by...

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Legal Beagles | Episode 4: Top 10 Dismissals of 2019

2019 is drawing to a close, so the Legal Beagles decided to go over their favourite (and most infamous)...

2019 is drawing to a close, so the Legal Beagles decided to go over their favourite (and most infamous) dismissal decisions of the year. From family squabbles to extremely bad behaviour, it's a wild ride from start to finish. Like, comment and subscribe to our National Retail Association YouTube channel...

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Ten years of Fair Work: Closing out the decade

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal With the year almost over, it’s time to reflect on the lessons...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal With the year almost over, it’s time to reflect on the lessons learned in 2019, and prepare for the start of a new decade. In January, we predicted that compliance would continue to be a major factor affecting retail businesses, however for...

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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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