After-school retail shifts decision on hold

Ninety-minute after-school shifts in retail that were due to start on 1 July, are now on hold. The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) has appealed the decision by Fair Work Australia to allow the 90-minute after school shifts.

The National Retail Association had previously made an application to Fair Work Australia to vary the General Retail modern award to allow secondary school students to work for a minimum of ninety minutes. This is less than the 3 hour minimum that other retail employees had to be offered to work. This change was meant to allow school students to do some shorter shifts after school.

Fair Work Australia granted the change, but delayed the decision on 29 June after an appeal by the SDA. This decision is now on hold until the appeal is determined or further orders are issued.
Retail employers must continue to offer a minimum of 3 hour shifts until there is an outcome to the appeal.

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Page last updated: 05 Jul 2011