Workers, employers, encouraged to attend free Fair Work seminar in Broken Hill

21 May 2010

Fair Work inspectors will visit Broken Hill next week to conduct a seminar for local employers and workers and to randomly audit a number of business houses.

A free seminar will be held on Tuesday, May 25, from 6pm to 8pm at the Broken Hill Legion Club on Argent Street. Topics to be covered include the introduction of Modern Awards and the National Employment Standards.

Inspectors will also visit up to 40 Broken Hill businesses across a range of industries over three days.

Employers will be asked to produce employment records so inspectors can check they are paying workers correctly and complying with their record-keeping and pay slip obligations under workplace laws.

Fair Work Ombudsman NSW Director Mark Davidson says it is important the Agency runs educational campaigns in regional areas to ensure both employees and employers are aware of their respective rights and obligations.

Mr Davidson says in cases where audits uncover non-compliance issues, inspectors will provide information and assistance to employers to help them voluntarily rectify the issues.

"It is only in cases where they don't co-operate, or where we suspect deliberate underpayments or other serious breaches have occurred, that we may launch a full investigation," he said.

The maximum penalty for a breach of workplace law is $33,000.

Resources at www.fwo.gov.au include an explanation of the new National Employment Standards and Modern Awards plus information and templates to help employers better manage employment records and payslips.

Another tool, PayCheck, provides information on minimum rates of pay for employers and employees covered by modern awards in the new national workplace relations system.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has about 300 highly-skilled advisers available to speak with employers and workers with questions on its Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays.

  • The free seminar is open to everyone. To register, contact Business Broken Hill on (08) 8087 2236 or admin@businessbrokenhill.com.au

Media inquiries:

Ryan Pedler, Media & Stakeholder Relations Senior Adviser
(03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924
ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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