A Melbourne retail company has been found guilty for discriminating against a pregnant employee.
The independent review of the Fair Work Australia Act has produced a mixed bag of feelings from retailers.
The Fair Work Australia's decision to increase the minimum wage by 2.9 per cent has left many retailers heart broken as it ignores strong signals that the sector is struggling.
The Federal Court has dismissed the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association's appeal against the decision of Fair Work Australia to allow school students to complete short shifts in retail businesses after school hours.
The NRA is the only retail organisation involved in this case, and having prosecuted the issue from the start will now defend the appeal brought by the shop assistant union.
The Australian Retailers Association has hit out at Fair Work Australia after it allowed a union appeal on plans to cut the minimum shift requirement for students.
Secondary school student employees will now be able to work 1.5 hour long shifts after school following a decision by Fair Work Australia to alter the General Retail Industry Award 2010.
Some Australian retailers will be hard hit with Fair Work Australia's decisions to increase modern award minimum wages by 3.4 per cent.
The retail industry is an award-dependent sector and has absorbed the wage increase of 2010 and a strategy is needed to ensure not to burden those sectors still moving towards recovery.
Fair Work inspectors will be providing information packs to employers previously covered by the NSW industrial relations system but who are now under the national workplace relations system.
Fair Work Australia has upheld its decision to refuse to amend retail award’s minimum three hour shift requirement.
Fair Work Australia's decision to keep the new retail award's minimum three hour shift requirement will take jobs away from thousands of young Australian workers.
The Australian Retailers Association said it was reeling by Fair Work Australia's decision to increase the minimum wage by $26 per week, when retailers are already facing a double whammy with Modern Award wage increases from 1 July.
New research has confirmed retailers need help to comply with the Modern Retail Award and the Fair Work Australia regime, with only three out of 10 retailers having access to in-house employment relations specialists.