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Independence shines at National Awards of Excellence

This year’s IHG expo was a little different, as we were unable to gather due to COVID restriction. The show must go on and the event proceeded with a weeklong exhibition, online business sessions and the National Excellence Awards being held virtually. The awards were...

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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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New series celebrating local family-run businesses

New series celebrating local family-run businesses

Mitre 10 has launched a new grassroots marketing campaign to celebrate the real stories and people behind its stores. The ‘Built by Families’ series uses documentary-style videos to bring to life the legacy of local family-run businesses and the unique connection each...

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IHG Update | Best Stores in Town

IHG Update | Best Stores in Town

2020 has been a year of challenges in so many respects, but it hasn’t stopped independent members recognising the value of reinvesting back in to their businesses. IHG’s sapphire transformation program has continued to roll out at pace throughout 2020 despite travel...

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COVID-19: can Christmas parties go ahead?

COVID-19: can Christmas parties go ahead?

Source: hradvanceprofessional.com.au   COVID-19 has put a dampener on social activities this year, but it's still possible to inject some fun into end-of-year celebrations without putting anyone at risk. Party outdoors Why not take your event outdoors? This is...

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Can we change work hours during the holiday season?

Can we change work hours during the holiday season?

Source: haradvanceprofessional.com.au The holiday season can throw up a variety of employee leave issues, including shift swaps and changed working hours. A question recently raised with our Workplace Relations team was: Question: We have one employee who works Monday...

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New Home Sales Remain Elevated

New Home Sales Remain Elevated

HIA Media Release - 14 October 2020 “The full impact of HomeBuilder is now evident in the HIA’s New Home Sales Report with sales now 11.8 per cent higher in the seven months since restrictions came into effect than at the same time last year,” commented HIA Chief...

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James Hardie updates & extends their EPF + EasyTex Panel

James Hardie updates & extends their EPF + EasyTex Panel

Our supplier partner, James Hardie has many exciting things to share you you this month, including: Their EasyTex Panel videos (+ social cut-downs and teaser)  - EasyTex™ is a pre-primed fibre cement panel embedded with a fine texture to deliver a modern render design...

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