Tag Archives: penalty rates

Public holiday idea labelled as ‘an election stunt’

The Queensland Government’s idea to make Christmas Eve a partial public holiday has been labelled as “just a pre-election stunt” by the Executive Director of Australian Retailers Association, Russell Zimmerman. Political self-interest The ARA have given full support to Ai Group’s view on the issue, as Mr Zimmerman has noted …

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How small businesses should plan for Australia Day

Employsure Senior Employment Relations Adviser Jonathan Wilson offers some pointers for small businesses as Australia Day approaches. Mr Wilson says the biggest issue they face on public holidays is “balancing competing priorities”. He identifies these as cashflow, customer expectations and managing staff, among others. “For small business owners, public holidays …

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Retailers slam Christmas penalty rates hike

The National Retail Association (NRA) has slammed the decision to raise penalty rates just before Christmas. The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has ruled that penalty rates will rise by 25 per cent for 350,000 casual retail employees who work on Saturday and after 6pm on weekdays. The ruling will come …

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Industry groups welcome penalty rates decision

Master Grocers Australia, Australian Retailers Association, National Retail Association and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman strongly support today’s Federal Court verdict in upholding the Fair Work Commission’s penalty-rates decision to reduce Sunday and public-holiday penalty rates under the General Retail Industry Award 2010. Master Grocers Australia (MGA) …

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ARA declares senate committee report a slap in the face for young retail employees

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) released a statement that strongly urges that the Senate Education and Employment Committee’s recommendations in the penalty rates report be rejected. According to the ARA, the Labor majority on the committee “have no understanding of the penalty rates decision’s positive impact on employment in the …

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ARA pushes for employment growth

The Australian Retailers Association is pushing for employment opportunities in the retail industry, but says the Federal Court’s decision in the judicial review of penalty rates will be a major factor in any potential growth.  The ARA says it has remained at the forefront of the penalty-rates decision in the …

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ARA call for BOOT Test inquiry

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has entered a submission to the Senate Education and Employment Committee on the Senate Penalty Rates Inquiry regarding Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBA). The inquiry will focus on the effectiveness of the Better-Off Overall Test (BOOT) for EBAs and their direct relationship with penalty rates within …

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Retailers call for phased reduction of Sunday penalty rates

The Australian Retailers Association has proposed a two-stage transition for Sunday penalty-rate reductions. ARA has issued a submission to the Fair Work Commission that recommends permanent and casual Sunday penalty rates be reduced to 175 per cent from July 1, 2017 and then to 150 per cent from July 1, …

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Sunday penalty rates still contested

The National Retail Association (NRA) has criticised Labor’s private members bill to block the Fair Work Commission’s reduction in Sunday penalty rates. The cuts to Sunday rates were announced last month and the issue has been fiercely debated since. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said that leveraging political interests to undermine …

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Senate inquiry sought on SDA enterprise agreements

Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) has called for a Senate inquiry into the impact of enterprise agreements negotiated by the SDA trade union on competition and workplace relations in Australia. COSBOA CEO Peter Strong says the debate around penalty rates has come from the nature of the SDA enterprise …

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