Members of the Liquor Stores Association of WA (LSAWA) get the benefit of advice from Corporate Members MGA Independent Retailers. For more information contact MGA Independent Retailers on 1800 888 479 or via their website at mga.asn.au.
Below are some interesting short articles shared by the MGA for the benefit of LSAWA Members.
ACTU WANTS BULLYING PENALTIES INTRODUCED
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has the power to hear bullying complaints by employees against their employers but does not have any power to impose any monetary penalties. The ACTU (Australian Council of Trade Unions) wants to see the law change to allow the FWC to impose penalties and award compensation to any employee able to prove bullying in the workplace. Any attempt to change the law in relation to the powers of the FWC in this area would be vigorously opposed.
DON’T GET CAUGHT OUT BY CREDIT CARD FRAUD
Earlier this week MGA alerted members to the dangers of allowing a customer who has allegedly forgotten a credit card or has a non-responsive card to key in the number manually. The card number is likely to be approved but the bank will no later accept the transaction. There have been many examples of businesses, particularly small liquor businesses, where members have allowed this procedure by a customer and have been left unable to recover the goods or the monies due to them when the bank refuses to accept the transaction.
UNIONS WANT STRONGER DISMISSAL REMEDIES
Unions are seeking that remedies for unfair dismissal be increased. They are seeking that in addition to a payment of wages that employers be subject to civil remedies as a form of punishment. There should also be the right by the Commission to order interim reinstatement. MGA and other associations will strongly oppose any increase in the powers of the Fair Work Commission to impose such harsh penalties.
SATURDAY AND WEEKDAY PENALTY RATES CASE
The application for the proposed increase in penalties for casuals who work on Saturdays or late evenings is progressing in the Fair Work Commission. Two members, one in South Australia and the other in Queensland, will give evidence on behalf of retailers to oppose the application. The matter is scheduled for hearing in September 2018.
FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEAVE IN THE GENERAL RETAIL AWARD
A decision has been released by the Fair Work Commission that will provide for the inclusion in the General Retail Industry Award of 5 days unpaid leave for family and domestic violence matters. This will apply to all employees, including casuals. It will apply in full at the commencement of each year and it will not accumulate from year to year. The clause will be applicable as from 1 August 2018.