2016 proved to be a turbulent year to allow (or not, as was the case for many employers) company agreements by the Fair Work Commission. Vice President Sams` decision to approve the Beechworth Bakery Employee Co Pty Ltd Enterprise Agreement 2016 (agreement) was a hope for employers in an otherwise lamentable licensing environment in 2016. When the case was approved last year, the SDA argued that the deal had not passed the best overall test (BOOT). Vice-President Sams also expressed his concerns in this regard. In response, Beechworth proposed that companies dispel these fears and ultimately proposed that a worker be able to request a comparison of his wages over a four-month period if he felt that, overall, he was not in a better position under the agreement to fill any gaps in workers` wages compared to the corresponding modern distinction. In deciding whether to approve the agreement, the vice president took into account the proposed company, the SDA`s response, higher base wage rates, and the fact that the vast majority of workers regularly work shifts from Monday to Friday. Vice President Sams noticed that the app … The Informa: Issue 1 UNITY, FUNDING and QUALITY – Nick Tindley, Executive Director, FCB, shares his journey to reduce penalties as part of the General Retail Industry Award 2010. A decision that will affect thousands of retailers and lead to job creation and growth in the retail trade. The result On Thursday, February 23, 2017, a full bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) made its decision in the Penalty Interest case. In a landmark ruling, the Full Bench decided that Sunday and holiday sentences would be varied in a series of modern distinctions. The table below shows these variations and their operating data: General Retail Industry Award 2010 Category New previous operating date PermanentEr Sunday 200% 150% TBD – Transition Casual Sunday 200% 175% TBD – Transition Permanent holidays 250% 225% 1 July 2017 Casual Public Holiday 275% 250% 1 July 2017 Hospitality Industry Award 2010 Permanent Sunday 175% 150% TBD – Permanent TransitionThe holiday 250% 225% 1 July 2017 Casual Public Holiday 275% 25 0% 1 July 2017 Pharmacy Industry Award 2010 Sunday permanent 200% 150% TBD – Transition casual Sunday 200% 175% TBD – transition… “This is not only a bad result for retailers, but also a bad result for the company, given that the Reserve Bank has viewed historic low-wage growth as the No.

1 problem in the Australian economy.” Supercheap Auto is one of Australasia`s leading retailers for automotive spare parts, hand tools, power tools, car care, electrical, outdoor products and more. Last week, Anthony Heraghty, CEO of Super Retail Group, announced that a new corporate agreement covering about 10,000 employees would raise wages by 5.8 percent in 2020 and 2.9 percent in 2021 and 2022. New deals are also expected next year with Target, Woolworths` BWS and Dan Murphy chains, Coles Liquor and Express, as well as Les Officeworks. According to Citigroup`s research, a 1 percent increase in labor costs would be the pre-interest and tax outcome at Myer by 5.7 percent, Woolworths by 3.1 percent, Wesfarmers (which owns Bunnings, Kmart, Target and Officeworks) by 2.6 percent, Super Retail Group by 2.3 percent and JB Hi-Fi by 1.6 percent, provided that there is no change in the number or hours of employees. This month, Bunnings employees approved a new deal that improves penalty interest, sets wage increases, raises minimum wage rates by $25 a week or between 2.5 and 2.7 percent, and has made no roster reforms. Josh Cullinan, a spokesman for the Retail trade and fast food workers union, said retailers would optimize rosters to reduce penalties rather than reduce the number of employees. If a job has a registered agreement, the bonus does not apply. However, Coles and Woolworth`s wage costs increased as a result of new company agreements. .