Message from the CEO – 28 August 2018

CEO Dominique Lamb

Mary Booth’s vitality certainly belies her age – something that could be down to the exceptional lifestyle where she lives in the Hunter Valley! As the 76-year-old accepted her NRA Lifetime Achievement Award in Melbourne, Ms Booth shared the story of a long career devoted to retail, and how it led her to creating the […]

Fair Work Commission announces action plan to assist small business employers

Fair Work Commission

By Sooraj Sidhu and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Yesterday, the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) president Iain Ross responded to reports commissioned last year, which urged the establishment of a ‘Small Business Division’ of the Fair Work Commission and the reduction of red tape associated with unfair dismissal and adverse action claims. The news comes following […]

Biome shares their experience winning 2017 Social Responsibility Champion

The National Retail Awards are held every year to acknowledge and honour the many outstanding individuals and businesses in the retail sector. In 2017, the Social Responsibility Champion was one of our most popular categories. This Award recognises the commitment of a retailer to positive corporate citizenship. This may include improving environmental awareness, sustainability, gender equity, community involvement, […]

Overtime rates for retail and other industries, effective 1 Jan 2018

In July 2017, the Fair Work Commission determined that the: Fast Food Industry Award 2010; General Retail Industry Award 2010; Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010; Restaurant Industry Award 2010; would be varied to extend overtime loadings to casual employees, not just permanent employees. On Friday 24 November 2017, the Commission decided that this entitlement […]

The future of HR and Payroll software

In today’s world where technology is rapidly evolving, the value that an effective HR & Payroll strategy can deliver to an organisation is more important than ever. By leveraging tools, systems and data to draw insights and provide strategic direction to management, HR technology is a necessity in helping organisations better serve their key stakeholders […]

Award reviews set to be abolished

Today, as the last order of business, Parliament will resume debate of the Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Review and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (Review Bill). With the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (Vulnerable Workers Bill) attracting a lot of attention, the Review Bill has substantially flown under the radar. […]

Update: Changes to the Fast Food Industry Award 2010

On 23 February 2017, the Fair Work Commission handed down its draft determination on penalty rates in a number of modern awards. Specifically, changes to the evening and late night work loadings under the Fast Food Industry Award 2010, were due to take effect on the 27 March 2017. These changes include: An evening penalty […]

Message from the CEO: 27 February 2017

Dominique Lamb CEO National Retail Association

As you are all aware, last week Fair Work Commission President Justice Iain Ross handed down the Commission’s verdict on Sunday penalty rates across a range of industries, including retail and fast food. The NRA is supportive of this decision on behalf of our members. However we are concerned by the additional level of red tape […]

NRA HAVE YOUR SAY: Blood & bone marrow donor leave

NRA HAVE YOUR SAY The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) have made a claim with the Fair Work Commission (FWC), as part of the four yearly review of modern awards, for the inclusion of blood and bone marrow donor leave to be included in the following modern awards: General Retail Industry Award 2010 […]

Who will take out gold?

Are you ready for Retail’s biggest night of the year? Who will take out gold at this year’s Rewards for Excellence Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony? There are just over two weeks left to purchase tickets. The evening will be your opportunity to celebrate retail, network with industry leaders and support our event charity partner, […]

MEMBER ONLY ARTICLE – Another 7-Eleven Faces Record Penalties for Underpaying Workers

On Monday 20th June, the Federal Circuit Court imposed a record penalty of over $400,000 against a West End 7-Eleven store that systematically exploited employees. As Judge Jarrett found the 7-Eleven franchisee had shown “contemptuous disregard” for Australian workplace law and deceiving the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), he handed down record penalties of $340,290 to […]

Message from the CEO: Monday, May 9

Last week, we commended Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison for recognising the important role small to medium businesses play when it comes to creating jobs for Australians into the future. Given the high proportion of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) within the retail sector, the proposed business tax cuts outlined in the budget provide a more […]

Investing in the Next Generation of Retail CEO’S

In September 2015, Gemma Kariotoglou, 24, Store Manager of Fossil Group, Macquarie NSW was named the National Retail Association’s (NRA) Young Retailer of the Year Scholarship Award Winner. Courtesy of Retail Doctor Group, Gemma’s prize included one-on-one mentoring from Retail Doctor Group’s CEO Brian Walker, one of Australia’s leading retail experts. This mentorship includes retail […]

Intrust Super wins major award for the fourth year

The National Retail Association’s super fund of choice, Intrust Super, has won Money magazine’s Best of the Best Insurance in Superannuation award for the fourth consecutive year. Intrust Super has offered a high quality, great value insurance range to casual, part-time and full-time workers for a long time. To be consistently rated “Best of the […]