Changes to the General Retail Industry Award 2010
After three rounds of arbitration, on Monday this week Fair Work
Australia (FWA) granted an application brought by
the National Retail Association (NRA) to vary the
General Retail Industry Award 2010, allowing for greater
flexibility in minimum shifts for student casuals. The ruling
provides for a one-and-a-half-hour minimum engagement for student
casuals working in the retail sector, as opposed to the previous
minimum period of three hours.
FWA set down certain conditions that restrict the application of
the ninety-minute engagement period. The employee must be a
full-time student; the hours worked must be between 3pm and 6:30pm
on a school day; and both the employee and their parent or guardian
must agree to the shorter period. The employee must not be able to
work a longer shift either due to the operational requirements of
the employer or the availability of the teenage employee.
While FWA did not grant in full the NRA's application to vary
the Modern Award, most of the flexibility sought in the application
has been instituted. The decision should help promote greater
employment opportunities for students looking to work in the retail
industry after school hours.
Authored by Josh Gurgiel, Cornwall Stodart