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Be proactive with your energy

In our industry, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your business succeed. The amount of energy it takes to sell/produce our goods and keep the lights on can be overwhelming. With all the lighting, air conditioning and heating, machinery and compressors...

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Meet Mike LoRicco

Meet Mike LoRicco

Through his experience of owning his own hardware store and now in a senior role for HBT, Mike, bringing a unique perspective to our industry and association. He has held several key roles in our association and in the previously the Hardware Association of New South...

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Meet George Demourtzidis

Meet George Demourtzidis

George has been involved in the Hardware Australia committee since the beginning 6 years ago. Previous to that he was on the board of the Hardware Association of South Australia (HASA). Over the past 2 years he has held the position of Treasurer for Hardware Australia...

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New Home Sales Go Through the Roof in December

New Home Sales Go Through the Roof in December

HIA Media Release - 19 January 2021 “New Home Sales reached remarkable heights in December, nearly doubling compared to the number of sales recorded in November,” stated HIA’s Economist, Angela Lillicrap. The HIA New Home Sales report – a monthly survey of the largest...

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2021’s Hot Workplace Relations Issues

2021’s Hot Workplace Relations Issues

Article by HR Advance 2020 was a year with many workplace relations issues and it looks like 2021 will be no different. Our workplace advice team delve into some the issues you may run into over the next 12 months. COVID-19 vaccine: no jab, no job? On current...

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Can you direct your employees to get vaccinated?

Can you direct your employees to get vaccinated?

Article by Nigel Ward & Luis Izzo (ABLA) As anticipation builds for the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in Australia, employers are starting to query whether they can direct their employees to be vaccinated. So, surely you can make all your employees get vaccinated?...

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Wage Underpayment Legislation in QLD

Wage Underpayment Legislation in QLD

Late last year, the Palaszczuk Government passed legislation making it a criminal offence for employers to knowingly underpay their staff. Directors and business owners can face jail time. 2020 highlighted several businesses who underpaid their workers. Most employers...

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Global Hardware Market Updates

Global Hardware Market Updates

In this month's global news, hardware giant Ace Hardware announces that they will replace their retiring president and general manager in April, Sweden's DYI retailer Byggmax grows by 28.7% and a report by Idealo showed that "Do it yourself" and "Gardening" we the...

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A Christmas message from our Chair

A Christmas message from our Chair

What a year 2020 has been! Who would have thought last Christmas, when much of Australia was under threat from bushfires, that in just a few short months the world would be crippled by COVID-19.   In March, as we first started feeling the effects of COVID 19, I don’t...

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Relief over high court move on double dipping

Relief over high court move on double dipping

Australian businesses have been thrown a lifeline in the fight against double-dipping claims, following the High Court's decision to grant special leave to Workpac and the Australian Government to appeal the decision of the Federal Court in the Workpac v Rossato case....

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Are public holidays paid whilst on Christmas LWOP?

Are public holidays paid whilst on Christmas LWOP?

Article by: hradvanceprofessional.com.au   Do we have to pay employees for public holidays if they took leave without pay over Christmas? Q Some of our employees took leave without pay over the Christmas/New Year period. They've queried why they weren't paid for...

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Festive Season Penalty Rates

Festive Season Penalty Rates

Article by: hradvanceprofessionals.com.au   The Fair Work Act (s115) is applied in conjunction with state and territory public holiday laws in determining which days are declared a public holiday, or part-day holiday, for the relevant state or territory. These...

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Life in Lockdown – Julie’s Story

Life in Lockdown – Julie’s Story

 t the beginning of February, we were lucky to meet with our suppliers, dance with our friends, and celebrate our industry. In March, that soon changed, across the country we went into lockdown. We were still able to open to retail customers with provisions in place....

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