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Important Junior Rate Changes to the Retail Award

By Renee Karakinos, Lawyer The Fair Work Commission Full Bench has formed a provisional view to vary clause 17.2 of the General Retail Industry Award 2020 (Retail Award) to limit the application of junior rates. There are currently 8 classifications under the Retail Award and each classification is subject to junior percentages. Moving forward, if…

Update: Introduction of Flexible Parental Leave Post COVID-19

By Renee Karakinos, Lawyer On 16 June 2020, the Federal Government passed the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Act 2020 which amends the paid parental leave scheme, enabling greater flexibility for eligible working parents in how they take their paid parental leave (PPL). Furthermore, on 3 September 2020, the Federal Government introduced the Fair…

Upcoming Penalty Rate Changes In The General Retail Industry Award 2010

By Renee Karakinos, Lawyer On 1 October 2018, the Fair Work Commission, as part of its 4-year modern award review, made a decision to amend evening, Saturday and Sunday penalty rates under the General Retail Industry Award 2010 (Award).  The original decision can be accessed here. MST Lawyers had previously published an article (link to…

JobKeeper Fair Work Flexibility Rules 2.0

The current JobKeeper flexibility rules under the Fair Work Act 2009 allow eligible employers who qualify for the JobKeeper scheme to issue enabling directions and make enabling requests to eligible employees, including to stand them down, reduce their hours of work, perform other duties, change location of work, take annual leave and work at different…