Fair Work inspectors make educational visits to employers in Adelaide

18 May 2011

The Fair Work Ombudsman is making educational visits to almost 200 businesses in Adelaide over the next few weeks.

Fair Work inspectors will be providing information packs to employers who have moved to the national workplace relations system for the first time.

Inspectors will visit employers in the suburbs of Belair, Blackwood, Croydon, Glenelg, Hindmarsh, Hove, North Adelaide, Seacliff, Somerton Park, Unley, Warradale and Woodville.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the focus will be on businesses operating in the retail, hospitality, personal services and hairdressing industries.

“The informal visits will assist employers to understand national workplace laws, including the National Employment Standards and Modern Awards,” he said.

“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 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.

“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.

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, horticulture, fast food and hospitality industries.

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.

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