Media release

1 November 2010

Fair Work inspectors to make educational visits to Goulburn employers

The Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to about 100 businesses in Goulburn, NSW, next week.

Fair Work inspectors will doorknock businesses to provide information packs to employers who have entered the national workplace relations system.   
Inspectors will focus on a range of industries, including building and construction, retail and hospitality.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the informal visits are aimed at assisting employers to understand national workplace laws, including the National Employment Standards and Modern Awards.

Information packs being distributed include helpful resources such as fact sheets, templates and Best Practice Guides and provide advice about practical steps employers can take to adjust to the new system.

“We are very serious about our job of building knowledge and creating fairer workplaces and we are strongly focused on ensuring the community understands its workplace rights and obligations,” Mr Campbell said.

“The best advice I can give to business operators is to get the basics right and everything else should start to fall into place.

“By the basics, I mean knowing what Award applies to your employees, the correct classifications and pay rates.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website - www.fairwork.gov.au - to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay.

Small to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure they are better equipped when hiring, managing and dismissing employees by using free template employment documentation with step-by-step instructions or accessing a series of Best Practice Guides.

The ‘Industries’ section on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website provides information specifically tailored for employers and workers in the retail, cleaning, clerical, hair and beauty, security and horticulture industries.

Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays. For translations, call 13 14 50.

Media inquiries:

Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations
(03) 9954 2561, 0411 430 902
ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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