Fair Work Ombudsman concludes investigation into Uber and discontinues Foodora prosecution

By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Following a spate of recent announcements by the Fair Work Ombudsman, it...

By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Following a spate of recent announcements by the Fair Work Ombudsman, it seems the employment status of workers in the gig economy will continue to avoid the judicial scrutiny that many had sought. On Friday 7 June 2019, the Fair Work Ombudsman announced...

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New year, new rules: What you need to know from July 1 2019

While the new financial year doesn’t call for resolutions, it is an excellent time to check in and ensure...

While the new financial year doesn’t call for resolutions, it is an excellent time to check in and ensure your business is compliant with the myriad of regulatory changes in 2019/20. Increase to the National Minimum Wage and Modern Award rates On 30 May 2019, the Fair Work Commission handed down...

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Tenth anniversary of the Fair Work Act: Casual employment – Then and now

By Alex Millman, NRA Legal As the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) celebrates its tenth year, there is no...

By Alex Millman, NRA Legal As the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) celebrates its tenth year, there is no better time to reflect on how it, and the surrounding industrial relations environment, has changed over time. In part one of this series we discussed how the recent rise of the unregistered...

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Showcase your business at the 2019 National Retail Awards

One of the greatest challenges for any retail business owner or manager is attracting and retaining the best staff. ...

One of the greatest challenges for any retail business owner or manager is attracting and retaining the best staff.  Multiple workplace surveys have shown that simply offering an attractive pay packet is no longer enough. Younger staff in particularly want to work in businesses that recognise and reward their achievements,...

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How to differentiate + protect your retail brand

Created by Christine Moody, Chief Brand Officer, http://BrandAudits.com.au This webinar answers the important questions associated with trade marking and how...

Created by Christine Moody, Chief Brand Officer, http://BrandAudits.com.au This webinar answers the important questions associated with trade marking and how to make your brand stand out. Topics covered include: What is a trademark. Trademark examples  What are the benefits of trademarking your brand and what to avoid Creating a brand that...

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Creating ‘theatre’ in your store display

Written by Brian Walker, CEO Retail Doctor Group  Great “Fit” retailers create theatre at every opportunity, unfit retailers have the same...

Written by Brian Walker, CEO Retail Doctor Group  Great “Fit” retailers create theatre at every opportunity, unfit retailers have the same old windows and displays with the same old stock sitting there and hoping to change the results. Theatre attracts interest , interest creates foot traffic and foot traffic converted is sales. Retailing can...

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The new Employer Toolkit is making waves for disability employment

Retail is one of the industries most open to hiring people with disability, now employers have more tools to...

Retail is one of the industries most open to hiring people with disability, now employers have more tools to go from willing to hiring. There are so many benefits that come from disability employment. New research shows that retail employers understand this. 77 per cent agree that a workplace should...

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Sticks and stones: Managing psychological health risks in the workplace

By Lucy Coogan and Calum Woods, NRA Legal  SafeWork Australia reports that approximately six per cent of all accepted...

By Lucy Coogan and Calum Woods, NRA Legal  SafeWork Australia reports that approximately six per cent of all accepted workers’ compensation claims relate to work-related mental health conditions. It was further reported that the most common causes of the claims were: work pressure (31%), bullying and harassment (29%), and...

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2019 BUDGET SUMMARY

1. BUDGET OVERVIEW The 2019 Budget announced by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg outlines a projected surplus of $7.1 billion for 2019-20,...

1. BUDGET OVERVIEW The 2019 Budget announced by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg outlines a projected surplus of $7.1 billion for 2019-20, making it the first budget surplus in 12 years. The Government will look to use key measures contained in the statement to frame the upcoming election, expected to be called...

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Biometric scanners: Employers waiting for clarity

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Once thought to be only within the realm of science fiction, biometric...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Once thought to be only within the realm of science fiction, biometric time and attendance systems have been steadily replacing timesheets for the past decade. In its truest sense, a biometric scanner is anything that can track the metrics of a person’s body,...

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Making your trade mark, trademarkable!

By Christine Moody, Brand Audits What’s in a brand name? Brand identity is fast becoming one of the most valuable assets for...

By Christine Moody, Brand Audits What’s in a brand name? Brand identity is fast becoming one of the most valuable assets for a business. Contemporary asset value (for intangible assets such as brands) is now nearly 85% of the market value of S&P 500 companies, according to an annual survey by Ocean...

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“Wage theft” continues to dominate news headlines and government agendas

Wage compliance continues to dominate news headlines in 2019. Retail executives and leadership teams rightly ought to be turning...

Wage compliance continues to dominate news headlines in 2019. Retail executives and leadership teams rightly ought to be turning their mind to the systems that support payroll compliance in their businesses. In this challenging time where wage compliance is not just ‘a nice thing to have’ but an essential...

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Queensland Government invests in more retail training for Queenslanders

The Queensland Government is committed to growing the number of apprentices and trainees across the state to ensure Queensland...

The Queensland Government is committed to growing the number of apprentices and trainees across the state to ensure Queensland has the skilled workers it needs for the future. Acting Minister for Training and Skills Development, Mark Ryan said four organisations will share in $495,000 to promote the exciting opportunities an...

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Lending a Helping Hand

The recent Townsville floods have hit local retailers hard and many are only just now figuring out what the...

The recent Townsville floods have hit local retailers hard and many are only just now figuring out what the next steps for their business will be. The Queensland Government has established a Small Business Recovery Centre and Community Recovery Hub in Townsville to provide financial assistance and support services...

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Message from the CEO – 19 February 2019

You will recall late last year that the NRA was quite vocal regarding the issue of double-dipping, whereby casual...

You will recall late last year that the NRA was quite vocal regarding the issue of double-dipping, whereby casual employees can be entitled to back pay for entitlements such as annual leave and redundancy payments. The issue burst onto the scene late last year following a Federal Court ruling...

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Pre-Fair Work agreement doesn’t avoid Fair Work obligations

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal January was not a good month for Merivale. The hospitality group, helmed by...

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal January was not a good month for Merivale. The hospitality group, helmed by Justin Hemmes, saw its WorkChoices-era collective agreement terminated in a decision of the Fair Work Commission on 21 January 2019. After operating under this agreement since 2007, the business now...

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