Modern Award System to be reviewed

To become more simplified.

Last week, the Federal Government announced that Australia’s award system will be reviewed in 2020, as part of a fresh look at industrial relations.

The National Retail Association (NRA) has backed the announcement with CEO Dominique Lamb describing current workplace arrangements as “complex, confusing and outdated”.

“Retailers across the country welcome today’s announcement from Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter to review the current award system,” Lamb said. “The Modern Awards system is far too complex and needs to be simplified to provide greater clarity, particularly to small business. As the voice of modern retail, the NRA stands ready, willing and able to work with the Government constructively to streamline the system and develop a set of Modern Awards that reflect the nature of contemporary retail.”

Lamb also said that retailers need to remain focused in ensuring that their payment systems are complying with current laws.

“Although a more simplified set of laws would greatly help, in the meantime all retailers need to ensure that they’re complying with the Modern Awards and are paying their staff correctly. We encourage any retailer who is unsure of their obligations to obtain expert advice from a legal professional who can assist them in navigating the complex nature of Australia’s award system,” she said.

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