ARA system clarifies Fair Work

ARA_ERMS_w250The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has launched an Australian first, with the inauguration of a new online Employment Relations Management System compliant with the Fair Work Act and the Modern Retail Award.

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said ARA’s Fair Work ready Employment Relations Management System (ERMS) would provide clarity and boost the productivity around 80 per cent of retailers not yet fully compliant with new employer obligations which came into play on 1 January.

“Retailers are extremely busy people – often running the back-end of a business as well as working full-time on the shop floor. For the 65 percent of retailers with no in-house ER support, the process of updating all employment contracts, policies and procedures, takes valuable time away from them.”

“The ERMS streamlines time taken to manage employees and provides comprehensive support through a dedicated, confidential portal of information, tools and templates, giving retailers a peace of mind to concentrate on other important aspects of running a business,” Zimmerman said.

“ERMS is completely compliant and up-to-date with new industrial relations laws, allowing retailers to get on with the job of running a small business,” he added.

Key features of the ARA ERMS include:-
• An employee lifecycle management system including hiring, performance management, disciplinary process and termination checklists
• Simple checklists, linking the relevant templates and required action for best practice
• Template contracts, letters and policies which are compliant with the new laws
• General Retail Award (modern award) information, with simple explanations to aid understanding, compliance, every-day rostering and employee management
• Retail and associated award wage information, including circulars and example calculations.
• An ARA Employment Relations (ER) news library, including member ER Alerts
• Employee profiles for confidential storage of documents, record notes, reminders and email alerts.

Non ARA members with any queries about the ARA’s new Employment Relations Management System should visit, call 1300 368 041 or email

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