Fair Work inspectors to make educational visits to 1000 Adelaide employers

1 August 2011

The Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to about 1000 small and medium-sized businesses throughout Adelaide between now and Christmas.

Fair Work inspectors will provide information packs to employers previously covered by the South Australian industrial relations system but who are now under the national workplace relations system.

Particular focus will be on travel agents, doctors and dentists as well as businesses involved in general retail, food retail, hospitality, personal services, office administration and child care.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says the informal visits aim to assist 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 - providing advice on practical steps employers can take to adjust to the federal system,” Mr Wilson said.

“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.

“The best workplace relations 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 provides a single point of contact for people working or running a business in Australia to get accurate and timely information about their workplace rights and obligations.

Workers or employers seeking support should get in touch with the Fair Work Ombudsman via the website - www.fairwork.gov.au - or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

The website has a number of tools and resources including PayCheck, Payroll Check, a Pay Rate Calculator and an Award Finder to help business-owners calculate the correct pay for their employees

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