The decision made by Fair Work Australia on 20th June 2011 to ease minimum engagement requirements for casual work by school students in shops is a win for both retailers and young Australians seeking to set a foot in the labour market.
Until recently, regulations under the ‘modern award’ only allowed retailers to offer work to students for a minimum of 3 hours. The decision, after fifteen months of arbitration, eases that minimum limit to one-and-a-half hours effective from 21 June 2011. This is a necessary victory for common sense.
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