Part 4: Modern Award Series – Categories of employment

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If you’ve been following our Modern Award Series, you should by now be certain when a Modern Award will cover your employees, what Modern Award applies and how your employees will be classified under an applicable Modern Award. Following on from Part 3 of this series, it will be necessary to consider in what capacity […]

How to work out which modern awards apply in your business

Part 1 of our Modern Award Series – How to work out which modern awards apply in your business By Alex Millman and Emma Treherne, NRA Legal With 122 modern awards covering most industries, it can sometimes be a mind-boggling exercise to work out which one applies to your business. The problem is, you can’t […]

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 crackdown on retailers and restaurants has begun

Retailers and restaurants targeted for underpayments and false records with massive fines Written by Sid Sidhu and Justine Ansell, NRA Legal The crackdown on retailers, fast food stores and restaurants avoiding their obligations has well and truly begun. As predicted, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has increased its auditing activity and successfully obtained significant fines […]

Casual employees to request permanent position after 12 months

The Fair Work Commission has recently handed down a decision with respect to the status of casual employees in the retail, fast food, and hair and beauty industries. Casual employees in these industries approaching 12 months service (with an employer) may request to be converted to a permanent employee, and the employer must provide the employee with […]

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 […]

Fast food safety – now even faster!

We are pleased to announce that our new online Food Safety training program is now available. This program is an upgrade of our former program, and has a fresh, new look and feel about it… No classroom attendance is required and you simply complete the course online in the comfort of your home or workplace.  Once […]

Menu labelling laws kick in for QLD

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Food labelling in the spotlight for Qld’s fast food and snack chains This time last year, the Palaszczuk Government passed the Health Legislation Amendment Bill, giving food businesses 12 months to introduce the kilojoule content of their food and drinks into their point-of-sale materials. As of 25 March, the new legislation will take full effect applying […]

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 […]

Online sales for takeaway food grow dramatically

Online spend growth June 2016

According to a report by Quantium, homewares, groceries, media, and fashion continue to dominate total spend of online retail, but the fastest growth is in takeaway food. Share of spend The top 4 categories – homewares, groceries, media, and fashion – account for 70% of the total amount of online spending as at June 2016. […]

A five-year win for Intrust Super

Intrust Super, the industry superannuation fund for the hospitality and tourism industries, has won Money magazine’s Best of the Best Value Insurance in Superannuation award for the fifth year in a row. Intrust Super’s continued success in this category reflects the quality of insurance it offers in all key areas such as life insurance, total […]

Modern Awards Update Extended

Following the 4 yearly review of the Modern Awards by the Fair Work Commission, a number of changes have been introduced to ensure consistency around annual leave provisions. The affected awards include: General Retail Industry Award 2010 Fast Food Industry Award 2010 Restaurant Industry Award 2010 Clerks Private Sector Award 2010 Hair and Beauty Industry […]