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Deadline for payment of entitlements on termination clarified

The General Retail Industry Award 2010 has been varied to clearly state that wages and entitlements due on the termination of employment must be paid within 7 days from the date of termination. Newsagents should exercise care as other forms of legislation such as long service leave may require that those entitlements are due within […]

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Small business payment inquiry prompts ‘unprecedented’ response

Small business minister Michaelia Cash says there has been an “overwhelming” response from the small business sector to the ombudsman’s inquiry into payment terms. More than 500 businesses have responded to the inquiry in just four days highlighting lengthy payment times and pressure to sign unfair contracts incorporating extended payment arrangements, imposed by big business. […]

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Problems with ordering Goget smart cards?

Some NANA members have experienced intermittent problems with ordering  top-up stock of Goget smart cards.  Newsagents issues these cards to validate users of Goget and in return earn a fee per transaction for validating the identity of the Goget user. NANA recommends to members they monitor their stock levels and if the experience problems with […]

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NSW and ACT Public Holiday Dates for 2018 and 2019

  Holiday 2018 2019 New Year’s Day Tuesday, 1 January Australia Day1 Monday, 28 January Canberra Day2 Monday, 11 March Good Friday Friday, 19 April Easter Saturday Saturday, 20 April Easter Sunday Sunday, 21 April Easter Monday Monday, 22 April Anzac Day Thursday, 25 April Reconciliation Day3 Monday, 27 May Queen’s Birthday Monday, 10 June […]

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Wage Rates – 1 November 2018

Variations were made to the General Retail Industry Award 2010 with effect from the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2018. These changes relate to adjustments to overtime for casual employees and a reduction in some shift rates. Shift rates apply to employees who commence before 5:00AM. The latest Award rate schedule […]

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My employees have too much accrued annual leave – what can I do?

There are options available to Newsagents to reduce the amount of excessive accrued annual leave. The options include directing the employee to take leave and, under certain circumstances, paying out excessive accrued leave. NANA has prepared a guide to assist Newsagents deal with excessive annual leave including a template agreement which should be completed if the […]

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I have some casual employees who have been employed for a long time – are they entitled to long service leave?

It is a commonly held belief that casual employees are not entitled to long service leave. Newsagents should be aware that casual employees in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory are entitled to long service leave under certain circumstances. Special provisions relate to the entitlement to and calculation of any payment due.  Newsagents can get guidance on […]

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Do I have to give all my employees wage slips?

Australia’s industrial regulations require employers to give employees pay slips which contain very clear minimum requirements. Whether it is the Fair Work Act, National Employment Standards or the General Retail Industry Award, all forms of regulation place obligations on Newsagents to give their employees pay slips.

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