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HABA and AIG – What does this partnership mean for salon owners?

Posted November 21, 2016

This year, Hair and Beauty Australia (HABA) have partnered with The Australian Industry Group (AIG) to provide salon owners with the assistance they need in all aspects of workplace law, award changes and policy as we attempt to meet a growing need in our sector as policy continues to be delivered on a sector by sector basis.


So what does that actually mean for you and your salon?


It means that with the help of AI Group and as a member of HABA, you are offered a voice at all levels of government, offering leadership and influence on policy decision making. It means that during issues of industrial relations and workplace law – like safety legislation, employment law, industrial relations and workers compensation – you have the leading advocate for businesses large and small on your side.


AIG have been acting on behalf of businesses just like yours for more than 140 years, and along with its partners represent over 60,000 businesses employing over 1 million staff members across a range of industries, including the Hair and Beauty Industry. Whatever the assistance you need, chances are they have done it before. AIG and HABA also act as your representative during changes to the Hair and Beauty Industry award, which were conducted this year in response to the previous round of changes made in 2010. This means that as a member of HABA, you have experienced experts on your side, making sure that changes or amendments to the award were done in the best interest of all parties involved in the award, businesses and staff members.


So how has it helped you so far?


The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) submitted to the Fair Work Commission in May of 2016 to have the Hair and Beauty Industry award revised, including changes to penalty rates and changes for casual staff conditions which would cause a significant impact on salon owners and their ability to have enough staff on the floor and pay them. This claim was made without consideration of the impact it would have on our industry, and so HABA and AIG went in to bat for the business owners, arguing for better conditions for owners in these negotiations. You can read the full document detailing AIG and HABA’s response to the SDA’s claims here if you’re interested.


By having the team at AIG and HABA on your side as a salon owner and as a member, you can relax knowing that changes to any award are done with your best interest at heart as a business owner and member of the Hair and Beauty Industry. In instances where you have a need for a workplace lawyer, you have a team of experts on your side offering the best and most cost-effective advice and representation.


If you have any further questions about the involvement of AIG and HABA in legislation, policy and workplace law, we are here to offer you easy-to-understand advice through one of our Industrial Relations Advisors who can assist you with any questions you might have –  we would love to hear from you on (02) 9221 9911

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