Signs of life as WA retailers hold ground

The West Australian, 6 February 2020 Retail turnover nationally fell 0.5 per cent for the month, compared to a rise of one per cent in November. Credit: TheWest The latest retail figures are in, and it’s looking more positive for WA business. WA was one of only two States not to record a drop in retail spending for December, according …

Wageline News: February 2020

In this edition: Nail salons audit finds widespread underpayment Over $300,000 recovered for WA workers in six months Anzac Day public holiday employment entitlements Reporting wage theft in WA Nail salons audit finds widespread underpayment One in four nail salons were found to be non-compliant with state employment laws in a proactive compliance audit undertaken by industrial inspectors at Private …

Older workers are more adaptable than you think

Financial Review, Feb 4, 2020 Managers aged between 45 and 54 report a greater ability to adapt to change than those in any other age group a survey has found, in sharp contrast with the stereotype that older workers are less agile. A study by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) found that a higher proportion …

Employers push for ‘full scale’ review of Fair Work Commission

Financial Review, Feb 3, 2020 — 12.00am Resources and energy employers are urging the Morrison government to launch a “full scale” review into the Fair Work Commission over claims it is politicised and stacks full benches with Labor appointees. Fair Work president Justice Iain Ross has allegedly not met many of the new Coalition appointees a year later. Photo: Michele Mossop …

Perth retailers urge WA Police to continue shoplifting blitz

The West Australian, 31 January 2020 Police have arrested a number of people for shoplifting after a police blitz in Perth. : 7NEWS Credit: 7NEWS How brazen kid shoplifters are terrorising Perth stores $5m funding boost for WA Police to tackle crime rise Perth retailers are urging the McGowan Government and WA Police to continue with a recent blitz operation …

Telstra Canberra contracts at risk over supplier payment squeeze

Small Business Min­ister Michaelia Cash. Picture: Getty ImagesThe Weekend Australian, January 31, 2020 Telstra risks losing hundreds of millions in government contracts unless it pays its suppliers within 20 days, under a government push aimed at shutting out companies that don’t promptly pay their bills. The Weekend Australian can reveal the federal government is planning to introduce a policy that …

Unless there’s a change in strategy from its board, Telstra could be the first company to be hit by new measures to speed up payments. Picture: AFPThe Australian, January 29, 2020, Robert Gottliebsen Every director and chief executive of large Australian enterprises needs to understand the full implications of the actions of Rio Tinto and Telstra. Before calendar year 2020 …

Telstra’s radical supplier payment plan a year in making

Telstra has partnered with San Francisco-based Taulia to bolster its cash flow at the expense of its ­supplier The Australian, January 29, 2020 Telstra spent more than a year plotting a radical shift to its payment terms designed to move its smaller and medium-sized suppliers on to so-called supply-chain ­financing before informing them of the change. The telco has partnered …

How to sack a worker for racism (according to Fair Work)

SmartCompany, January 28, 2020 It goes without saying that employees should treat each other with respect and courtesy in the workplace. In a recent decision, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) was tasked with considering a claim from a dismissed employee who alleged that remarks he made in the workplace were not offensive and did not justify his dismissal. The employee …

PM must act to speed up firms’ payments to suppliers

Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques. Picture: BloombergRobert Gottliebsen, The Australian, January 28, 2020 From the Rio Tinto head office in St James’s Square in London, chief executive, French-born Jean-Sébastien Dominique Francois Jacques probably thinks that his company is actually doing the right thing by the Australian nation in the way Rio Tinto pays suppliers. But Jacques and his head …