Fair Work inspectors to make educational visits to Newcastle employers
1 June 2010
The Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to about 100 businesses in the Newcastle area this month.
Fair Work inspectors will doorknock businesses to provide information packs to employers who have entered the national workplace relations system for the first time.
They will visit 50 businesses in the Newcastle CBD and 50 in Charlestown this month – and will also visit 50 in Jesmond next month.
This follows educational visits to more than 600 other businesses throughout the Newcastle-Hunter region earlier this year.
Fair Work Ombudsman NSW Director Mark Davidson says the informal visits are aimed at assisting employers to understand changes to national workplace laws, including the introduction of the National Employment Standards and Modern Awards.
The information packs 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.
This year, the Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to 10,000 employers in NSW, 10,000 in Queensland, 5000 in South Australia and 1000 in Tasmania. There will be additional visits in 2011 and 2012.
“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 Davidson 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, what the correct classifications for your employees are and what pay rates apply.”
The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website - www.fwo.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.
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.
The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of workplace laws.
Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser Media & Stakeholder Relations
(03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924
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