Fair Work Commission

We Answer your Questions on Parental Leave

by HSA Admin • October 29, 2020

As an industry dominated by women, parental leave is especially important for us. Most workers, both permanent and casual, who have been employed for at least 12 months, are entitled to 12 months’ unpaid parental leave in the event of a birth or adoption – when you become the primary carer for a child. (If […]


3 things to look out for in a flat-rate contract

by HSA Admin • October 23, 2020

Have you ever worked in a salon which had a great hourly rate on the surface, but when you start to dig deeper isn’t such a good deal after all? The Hair and Beauty Award is the minimum you can be paid as a trained industry professional, and has heaps of different rates, allowances, and […]


5 ways to fight workplace bullying

by HSA Admin • August 22, 2020

Previously, we’ve talked about the warning signs of bullying, and of toxic workplace culture, too. But how can we actually stop bullying in the workplace, if we see it or if it happens to us? At HSA, we’re all about making change, and we know that change starts from the ground up, which is why […]


HSA launches casual pay equity campaign at International Women’s Day

by HSA Admin • March 11, 2020

HSA have officially launched their new campaign, aimed at pay equity for casual workers in the hair and beauty industry. Members and staff spoke at the International Women’s Day march in Sydney last weekend, telling an audience of unionists and supporters about the struggle that casual workers face. As it stands, casual hair stylists are […]


HSA wins penalty rates case with FWC!

by HSA Admin • January 10, 2020

In a massive win for HSA, the Fair Work Commission has rejected Hair and Beauty Australia’s (HABA) bid to slash penalty rates for hair and beauty workers. HSA, with the support of the SDA and AWU, have been fighting the case for two years. HABA pushed for penalty rates to decrease from 200% to 150% […]


5 Things You Need to Know About Annual Leave

by HSA Admin • November 6, 2019

Summer is here and Christmas is around the corner, which means holidays! 🏖 While it’s the busiest time of year for most salons, you need to make sure you get a break too! Your employer is not obliged to accept every leave request, but they must not unreasonably refuse to agree to a request for […]


Penalty Rate Hearing Continues at Fair Work

by HSA Admin • September 4, 2019

HSA has challenged the proposal to cut penalty rates for hair stylists at the Fair Work Commission, with the hearing set to conclude this week. As well as the legal challenge, members, ambassadors and supporters rallied outside the Fair Work Commission on August 26, in an event that made national news. HSA’s legal team presented […]


HSA attends Fair Work’s Hair Stylists’ Penalty Rates hearing

by HSA Admin • August 28, 2019

On Monday, August 26, HSA members, ambassadors, and other hairstylists took to the street outside the Fair Work Commission to protest the penalty rate hearing. It was a big step for the HSA, our first public event as a union, and we had a fantastic turnout. We also had support from the ETU, the SDA, […]


HSA Launches Protect our Penalty Rates petition

by HSA Admin • July 15, 2019

As part of our campaign to save hair stylists’ penalty rates from being slashed, HSA have launched a petition so members and hairdressers around Australia can support our cause. If you’re not in the know, Hair and Beauty Australia (HABA) have proposed to cut penalty rates for Sundays (From 200% to 250%) and public holidays […]


HABA submits proposal to cut penalty rates

by HSA Admin • March 20, 2018

Hair And Beauty Australia (HABA) have submitted their proposal to reduce penalty rates to the Fair Work Commission. After cutting penalty rates for the retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries last year, the Commission said that penalty rates would be reviewed for the hair and beauty industry. HABA have proposed to cut Sunday penalty […]



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