Fair Work inspectors to make educational visits to employers in Adelaide

17 February 2011

The Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to about 175 businesses around Adelaide over the next few weeks.

Fair Work inspectors will be providing information packs to employers who have entered the national workplace relations system.

They will visit mainly retail, hospitality, food and professional business houses in suburbs including Salisbury, Elizabeth, Clarence Gardens, Chandlers Hill, Cherry Gardens, Ironbank, Scott Creek, Biggs Flat, Unley, Parkside, Kensington, Rose Park, Marryatville, Toorak Gardens, Mount Barker, Aldinga and Noarlunga.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says inspectors will 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 national system,” he said.

“We are very serious about our job of building knowledge and creating fairer workplaces and are focused on ensuring the community understands its workplace rights and obligations.

“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 available online.

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.

A series of Best Practice Guides have also been developed by the Fair Work Ombudsman to assist employers make better use of the provisions of the Fair Work Act and better understand other aspects of workplace laws.

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

Media inquiries:

Cameron Jackson, Media Adviser, Media and Stakeholder Relations
0457 924 146

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