The National Retail Association last week announced a strategic partnership with Australian cloud-based workforce solutions provider Rision, aimed at giving the retail sector more cost-effective, fair and transparent workforce solutions.
Rision Managing Director Dr Kate Cornick said recent high-profile cases showed many retail businesses were at risk of inadvertently breaching Australia’s workplace laws, with the majority of the nation’s retail employees working on a part-time or casual basis, and almost 30 per cent of all Australian workers employed on a casual, part-time or shift basis.
“This number is expected to grow to around 40 per cent of the workforce by 2020, with 85 per cent of Australian companies saying they are increasingly using contingent, intermittent, seasonal, or consultant employees,” she said.
“Rision is working with the NRA to help their members navigate the risks and seize the opportunities to manage their workforces in a more cost-effective, efficient and fair manner.”
The partnership follows the announcement of the NRA’s and Rision’s partnership initiative, Roster Coster, launching in July, which helps members to manage their staff rosters more effectively and ensures that they are fully compliant with the General Retail Industry Award 2010 and Fast Food Industry Award 2010.
NRA CEO Ian Winterburn says Rision’s unique software-management and global-best-practice contingent-workforce technology will further enhance the NRA’s comprehensive membership services.
“The majority of Australian retailers look to the NRA for professional services and retail-specific advice across all Australian jurisdictions, including in the complex area of employment law, and this offering will give members access to valuable workshops, seminars, tools and advice to ensure our Australian retail sector is leveraging the most progressive, fair, efficient and compliant platforms that benefit retailers and employees alike,” he said.