Fair Work Commission to cut Sunday and public holiday pay for hospitality and retail workers

The Fair Work Commission has today handed down its decision to reduce Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for hospitality and retail workers from July.   The Full Bench decision was based on consideration of evidence that Sunday penalty rates in the Hospitality, Fast Food, Retail and Pharmacy Awards ‘do not provide a fair and relevant… Continue reading Fair Work Commission to cut Sunday and public holiday pay for hospitality and retail workers

Australian Retailers Association dismayed at new public holidays for Victoria

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has expressed its dismay at the Victorian Government’s decision to introduce two new public holidays for the state. The public holidays on Grand Final Day and Easter Sunday will increase Victoria’s public holidays to 13 per year. The ARA have said many retailers will be forced to close their doors… Continue reading Australian Retailers Association dismayed at new public holidays for Victoria

Penalty rate reduction expected to support further growth in retail sector

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has said that penalty rates must be reduced to support further retail growth. This comes as retail figures for June 2015 have shown further growth while the Productivity Commission has opened discussion on the matter of penalty rates. Retail trade figures for June 2015 grew by 4.9 per cent year… Continue reading Penalty rate reduction expected to support further growth in retail sector

Restaurants undercut by wage and staff costs

Wages and staff on-costs including payroll tax and training have reached “unsustainable” levels and now account for nearly half of business expenses in the restaurant sector. According to the 2014 Industry Benchmarking Report produced by the sector’s peak body, Restaurant and Catering Australia, wages and on-staff costs now account for 45.3 per cent of business… Continue reading Restaurants undercut by wage and staff costs