Domestic violence results in workers compensation payment

By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The need for employers to consider the impact of domestic and...

By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The need for employers to consider the impact of domestic and family violence on their workforce has been highlighted by the outbreak of COVID-19, with many domestic and family violence support services reporting a spike in cases as a result of...

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2020 Retail Award Wage Summary now available

The Fair Work Commission released its minimum wage decision on 19 June 2020. Unlike previous years, the Fair Work Commission...

The Fair Work Commission released its minimum wage decision on 19 June 2020. Unlike previous years, the Fair Work Commission has determined to delay the increase to minimum wages for most awards applying to our members until 1 February 2021. Notwithstanding this decision, the final reduction to Sunday penalty rates from...

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Union moves to block final penalty rate cut

Members will be aware that Sunday penalty rates under the General Retail Industry Award 2010 have been reducing in...

Members will be aware that Sunday penalty rates under the General Retail Industry Award 2010 have been reducing in small increments since 1 July 2017, with the final reduction due to take effect from 1 July 2020. This reduction was hard-won by the NRA and other employer groups over three...

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Victorian Wage Theft Bill 2020 passes, introduces criminal offences for employers

In the middle of a pandemic that has left the nation in economic turmoil and prompted Australia’s first recession...

In the middle of a pandemic that has left the nation in economic turmoil and prompted Australia’s first recession since 1991, the Victorian Government has passed the Wage Theft Bill 2020 (Vic) which puts employers around Victoria at risk of criminal prosecution. The Bill creates new criminal offences in Victoria...

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Changes to paid parental leave scheme

On 11 June 2020 the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Bill 2020 passed both houses of Federal Parliament. The...

On 11 June 2020 the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Bill 2020 passed both houses of Federal Parliament. The Bill received Royal Assent on 16 June 2020, and its changes will take effect from 1 July 2020. What is changing? Designed to improve women’s workforce participation, the Bill changes the paid...

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Retail industry expertise will be crucial for Morrison Government’s Award Simplification Working Group

The National Retail Association will bring crucial inside knowledge of the workings of the retail sector with its appointment...

The National Retail Association will bring crucial inside knowledge of the workings of the retail sector with its appointment as a primary member of the Morrison Government’s Award Simplification Working Group. NRA Chief Executive Officer Dominique Lamb said the high number of prominent payroll failures in the sector in recent...

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No hibernation for the Fair Work Ombudsman: Record penalties secured for wage non-compliance

By Andrew Piper and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The pandemic hasn’t hindered the Fair Work Ombudsman’s (the FWO) efforts...

By Andrew Piper and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The pandemic hasn’t hindered the Fair Work Ombudsman’s (the FWO) efforts to investigate and prosecute wage non-compliance in the retail and fast food sectors. The FWO has recently secured record penalties against companies that have underpaid their workers and failed to...

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Federal Court opens door to casual leave claims

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal It was impossible to miss the headlines following the Full Court of...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal It was impossible to miss the headlines following the Full Court of the Federal Court handing down its 273-page judgment in the case WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato FCAFC 84 (Rossato). The case was a direct challenge to an earlier judgment...

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Qantas wins right to not pay sick leave to stood down workers

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal In something of a speed record for the Australian judicial system, less...

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal In something of a speed record for the Australian judicial system, less than three weeks after final submissions were made the Federal Court of Australia yesterday ruled that Qantas workers who have been stood down are not entitled to paid personal (sick)...

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How to safely bring your employees back to the workplace after hibernation

By Thomas Parer and Calum Woods, NRA Legal Due to the speed with which the COVID-19 pandemic spread and required...

By Thomas Parer and Calum Woods, NRA Legal Due to the speed with which the COVID-19 pandemic spread and required social distancing to ‘flatten the curve’, many companies were forced to either stand down their workforces or organise and implement alternative working arrangements (including work from home arrangements) with little...

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Immediate changes to JobKeeper Rules

Late Friday evening, the Treasurer tabled the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Amendment Rules (No. 2) 2020 (the...

Late Friday evening, the Treasurer tabled the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Amendment Rules (No. 2) 2020 (the Amendments), which amends the rules of the Federal Government’s JobKeeper program. The Amendments give effect to changes announced by the Treasurer on Friday 24 April 2020, including important clarifications to the...

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Casuals and Jobkeeper: casual absenteeism and disciplinary processes

By Andrew Piper and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal   Although reasonably new (and still changing), the JobKeeper program has, so far,...

By Andrew Piper and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal   Although reasonably new (and still changing), the JobKeeper program has, so far, had a mixed effect on businesses. Whilst some employers have embraced it wholeheartedly others, especially those with a workforce comprised largely of casual employees usually earning less than $1,500 a fortnight,...

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Beyond JobKeeper: Alternative flexibility options in the coronavirus epoch

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Many of our readers will doubtless be aware, by virtue of the...

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Many of our readers will doubtless be aware, by virtue of the many, many circulars issued in recent weeks, of the temporary amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) which allow employers greater flexibility in the engagement of employees who are...

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Fair Work Commission hands down first COVID-19 related redundancy pay decisions

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The Fair Work Commission has set the benchmark for employers seeking to...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The Fair Work Commission has set the benchmark for employers seeking to reduce the amount of redundancy pay payable to employees who were made redundant due to a downturn in business as a result of COVID-19. Earlier this month, the FWC heard an...

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The essential guide to redundancy during COVID-19

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The unprecedented disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) has left many employers considering...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal The unprecedented disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) has left many employers considering their immediate options to reduce expenditure over the coming weeks and months. In most cases, substantial cost-savings may be able to be achieved by consulting with employees about reducing their hours...

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Fair Work Commission proceedings: Head in the sand, or head in the game?

By Andrew Piper and Alex Millman, NRA Legal Receiving notice of any legal proceedings is enough to make the blood...

By Andrew Piper and Alex Millman, NRA Legal Receiving notice of any legal proceedings is enough to make the blood run cold of most business owners and HR professionals. For many, the process of defending such an application can be time consuming and emotionally taxing.   While much work has been done...

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