Minimum Engagement for School Aged Children


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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