The long road to compliance in 2019

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal They say that smooth seas don’t make skilled sailors. Looking ahead to...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal They say that smooth seas don’t make skilled sailors. Looking ahead to known and predicted changes in the workplace relations space in 2019, HR and People Management professionals can look forward to another eventful year. While the system can be complex, achieving and...

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Message from the Deputy CEO – 16 October 2018

I spotted a sign once that read, “Hire a teenager now, while they still know everything.” When you consider those...

I spotted a sign once that read, “Hire a teenager now, while they still know everything.” When you consider those aged 15 – 24 are the most likely of all groups to face unemployment, and that we’re the most likely of all industries to give them a job, you know...

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How employing staff with disabilities reaps big benefits.

Having the Conversation: the benefits of employing staff with a disability, shows through case studies how Tasmanian businesses have...

Having the Conversation: the benefits of employing staff with a disability, shows through case studies how Tasmanian businesses have taken the lead, and never looked back. This video was developed in partnership with the not-for-profit MEGT (Australia) Ltd, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and industry, with funding from the...

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Fixed-term employment contracts – Beware of the unfair dismissal risk

By Alex Millman and Justine Ansell, NRA Legal Khayam v Navitas English Pty Ltd FWCFB 5162 Members will recall that...

By Alex Millman and Justine Ansell, NRA Legal Khayam v Navitas English Pty Ltd FWCFB 5162 Members will recall that earlier this year the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission foreshadowed that it would re-evaluate how the Commission approached fixed-term contracts in unfair dismissal cases, namely whether a contract...

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Inclusion of people with disability in VET

There are 2.1 million people with a disability, of working age, in Australia. The reality is that education and employment...

There are 2.1 million people with a disability, of working age, in Australia. The reality is that education and employment outcomes for people with disability are well below the general population. In fact, barely half of this group is participating in the workforce. And of those who aren’t in the workforce,...

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Retailers to the Senate – “Stop moving the goalposts on penalty rates”

The National Retail Association has demanded the Senate stop moving the goalposts on employment, saying constant threats of disruption...

The National Retail Association has demanded the Senate stop moving the goalposts on employment, saying constant threats of disruption to Fair Work arrangements were a massive disincentive to employment. The Senate is scheduled to vote this week on Labor Party amendments which would knobble the independent umpire Labor set up...

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Nominations open for 2018 Veterans’ Employment Program Awards

The National Retail Association is proud to support the 2018 Veterans’ Employment Awards. The Awards recognise the achievements of...

The National Retail Association is proud to support the 2018 Veterans’ Employment Awards. The Awards recognise the achievements of businesses and other organisations in creating employment opportunities for veterans and spouses of serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, and veterans who have made a significant contribution to their workplace. The...

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Employment law legislation update

Written by Alex Millman Members will recall from previous news alerts that there are several pieces of legislation amending the...

Written by Alex Millman Members will recall from previous news alerts that there are several pieces of legislation amending the Fair Work Act currently waiting for the attention of the Senate before they can become law. Foremost among these is the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017, which aims...

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Message from the CEO: 11 April 2017

What a heartbreaking fortnight it has been for so many of you on the east coast of Australia. We...

What a heartbreaking fortnight it has been for so many of you on the east coast of Australia. We have seen family homes, local schools, roads and local businesses decimated in many communities throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. We want to iterate that we are here to assist...

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Update your employment contracts

Whether you’re just starting out, or experiencing changes in your workforce, the new year is a great time to check...

Whether you’re just starting out, or experiencing changes in your workforce, the new year is a great time to check if your employment contracts are not only compliant, but effective for your business.Effective employment contracts should:protect your businessmeet your employer obligationsclearly define employment terms and conditions, andhelp manage issues should...

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Christmas and New Year Trading Hour Fact Sheet

The Christmas and New Year Trading Hours Fact Sheet for 2016/2017 is now available for NRA members.Click here to...

The Christmas and New Year Trading Hours Fact Sheet for 2016/2017 is now available for NRA members.Click here to access the fact sheet (updated 29 November 2016). If you require assistance or you would like more information about these trading hours, contact our Employment Law division via email or phone...

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Jobs QLD discussion paper released

Jobs Queensland has been established by the Queensland Government to provide strategic advice to the Government on future skills...

Jobs Queensland has been established by the Queensland Government to provide strategic advice to the Government on future skills requirements, workforce planning and development issues and the apprenticeship and traineeship system in Queensland.There have been numerous reviews and reports into apprenticeships and traineeships, and agreement is that the apprenticeship...

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Newsflash – Get Your Offset Clause Health Check Now!

In a recent ruling, a Magistrate allowed an employee to pursue unpaid overtime and lunch break claims totalling $29,000...

In a recent ruling, a Magistrate allowed an employee to pursue unpaid overtime and lunch break claims totalling $29,000 as the employment contract failed to properly specify provisions it purported to oust in her annualised salary.Next Residential Pty Ltd, a Perth building company, denied an employee had been directed...

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New VET Student Loans Scheme

This week the Federal Minister for Education and Training announced a new VET loan system to replace the flawed...

This week the Federal Minister for Education and Training announced a new VET loan system to replace the flawed VET FEE-HELP scheme. The VET Student Loans scheme includes:Limiting courses eligible for VET Student Loans to those that align with industry needs and are selected based on analysis of employer,...

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2016 Australian Job publication

The Australian Government Department of Employment has published Australian Jobs 2016.The publication presents an overview of the current labour market...

The Australian Government Department of Employment has published Australian Jobs 2016.The publication presents an overview of the current labour market and highlights the major changes which have occurred, including for industries and occupations. It is designed to meet the needs of a range of users, and there is a regional...

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Employment outcomes for our Ready for Retail students

This week the NRA Ready for Retail Program has reached our 51st job outcome for our program, which is...

This week the NRA Ready for Retail Program has reached our 51st job outcome for our program, which is funded through the Queensland Government Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) Program.Danielle Owen trained in our course in Chermside and undertook her work experience at the Chemist Warehouse in Ashgrove.  She...

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