The National Retail Association (NRA) will be defending an appeal against Fair Work Australia’s (FWA) recent ruling on minimum hours for student casual employees at a hearing on Friday.

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.

FWA last month overturned a previous ruling which prevented students working for short, casual shifts in retail businesses after school hours.

The NRA believes the decision was the right one, injecting flexibility into the retail award and giving young people an opportunity to generate their own income and gain valuable work experienced while they complete their high schooling.