Fair Work inspectors to make educational visits to Northern Queensland employers
4 October 2010
The Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to about 450 businesses in Townsville, Cairns, Ayr and Bowen before the end of year.
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 retail, engineering and light industrial.
This follows educational visits to more than 3000 other Queensland businesses so far this year.
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 which 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.
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.
Craig Bildstien, Director, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0419 818 484
Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations
(03) 9954 2561, 0411 430 902
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