Franchisor avoids penalties for failure to comply with invalid Notice to Produce

When the Fair Work Act 2009 was amended in 2017 to allow franchisors to be penalised for the non-compliance...

When the Fair Work Act 2009 was amended in 2017 to allow franchisors to be penalised for the non-compliance of their franchisees if they failed to take ‘reasonable steps’ to prevent contraventions from occurring, the Fair Work Ombudsman quickly placed the franchising model into its spotlight. This increased focus has...

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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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A Message from the CEO: 25 July 2016

The National Retail Association (NRA) welcomes the reappointment of Senator Michaelia Cash as the Minister for Employment in the...

The National Retail Association (NRA) welcomes the reappointment of Senator Michaelia Cash as the Minister for Employment in the re-elected Turnbull Government. We view this as a very clear signal that the Government intends to pursue the industrial relations agenda for which it received a mandate at the election....

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FWO Imposes Record Penalties to Director Underpaying Security Guards

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) declared the Director of security company ‘Step Ahead Security Services’ had deliberately underpaid eight...

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) declared the Director of security company ‘Step Ahead Security Services’ had deliberately underpaid eight casual employees hired as security guards by over $20,000 over a three-month period. The Director was ordered to personally repay the employees as well as paying penalties of over $50,000...

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Message from the CEO: 13 June 2016

In last week’s column I expressed some views concerning the recent decision handed down by Fair Work Australia to award...

In last week’s column I expressed some views concerning the recent decision handed down by Fair Work Australia to award a 2.4 per cent increase to the minimum wage. A lot has been written about the margin that was included in this increase on top of the actual rate of inflation....

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Message from the CEO: 6 June 2016

Let me apologise in advance if this week’s message is a little dour, but I’m sorry to say it’s...

Let me apologise in advance if this week’s message is a little dour, but I’m sorry to say it’s been that kind of a week in the retail world. On Wednesday we received the news that the Fair Work Commission had decided on a 2.4 per cent increase in...

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