Fair Work inspectors make educational visits to employers in Sydney’s west
9 June 2011
The Fair Work Ombudsman is making educational visits to about 75 businesses in Sydney’s west throughout the month of June.
Fair Work inspectors will be providing information packs to employers previously covered by the NSW industrial relations system but who are now under the national workplace relations system.
They will visit employers in Cambridge Park, Emu Plains, Glenmore Park, Luddenham, Mulgoa, St Marys, Ropes Creek, Wallacia, Warragamba and Werrington.
It complements another current educative campaign that runs until the end of July focusing on employers in Greystanes, Silverwater and Toongabbie.
Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the informal visits 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 federal system,” he 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 has a number of tools and user-friendly resources on its website at www.fairwork.gov.au to assist employees and employers.
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.
Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.
Keep up to date with the Fair Work Ombudsman and updates on Australia’s workplace relations laws through Twitter @fairwork_gov_au
Cameron Jackson, Media Adviser, Media and Stakeholder Relations
0457 924 146
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