2016 proved to be a turbulent year for the Fair Work Commission to approve enterprise agreements (or not, as has been the case for many employers). Vice President Sams` decision to approve the Beechworth Bakery Employee Co Pty Ltd 2016 (agreement) agreement has been a hope for employers in an otherwise bleak licensing landscape. When the case was approved last year, the SDA argued that the agreement had not passed the best overall test (BOOT). Vice-President Sams also expressed his concerns on this issue. Subsequently, Beechworth proposed commitments to address these concerns and ultimately proposed that a worker be able to request a four-month salary comparison if he felt that, overall, they were not better under the agreement to address any workers` compensation deficits relative to the corresponding modern bonus. In deciding to approve the agreement, the Vice-President took into account the proposed commitment, the SDA`s response, higher base rates of wages and the fact that the vast majority of workers work regularly from Monday to Friday. Vice President Sams noticed that the application…… It is this commitment that has made us the leader in the automotive, sports and leisure products business in Australia and New Zealand. Our Brisbane-based network spans 670 retail outlets and more than 12,000 team members in Australia, New Zealand and China. Today, the Super Retail Group is one of Australasian`s largest retailers and is home to iconic brands such as BCF Boating Camping Fishing, Macpac, Rebel and Supercheap Auto, with annual sales of more than $2.5 billion. Car accessories, sporting goods and outdoor vending machines import large quantities of warehouses from China and its Rebel and Macpac brands currently source from two factories in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus.
Supercheap Auto is one of the leading retailers for automotive spare parts, hand tools, power tools, car maintenance, electrical products, outdoor products and more. Revenue rose 2.9 percent to $1.44 billion, sales in the same store rose 1.7 percent and online sales rose 22 percent. But margins fell from 8.9% to 8.0%, due to higher wage costs under a new enterprise contract, new stores and major investments in e-commerce. On July 1, 2016, the Department of Immigration and Edge Protection (DIBP) will implement changes to the requirements for companies wishing to become accredited economic promoters. Companies that meet the new criteria and have in the past “good deals” with DIBP can obtain this status and have their sponsorships approved for six years (compared to 5) and benefit from the priority treatment and “optimized” processing of 457 applications for appointment. The sponsor must meet all standard commercial sponsorship requirements, in addition to the following specific criteria: a government authority, a publicly traded company or a private company with annual turnover of at least AUD$4 million in the last three years; 457 sponsor active for at least three years (with an interruption of no more than six months in the last 36 months), without any adverse information (on the basis of monitoring, including formal warnings and sanctions); Sponsoring at least 10 primary visa holders (at least 30) in the 24 months prior to applying for accreditation (12 at the earliest); In the last two years, have they submitted an agreed level of ready-made applications…… It is no coincidence that we now have a fundamental understanding of the Super Retail Group`s decision-making process, which has allowed the CBF to address all issues from the Perspective of the Super Retail Group and to work on solutions tailored to its cultural and operational framework.