National Franchise Program kicks off with strong interest

16 May 2012

Dozens of franchisors have put their hand up to participate in the Fair Work Ombudsman's new National Franchise Program (NFP).

After calling for volunteers to join the program in February, about 40 franchisors expressed interest in participating.

Eight have now been selected for inclusion in the first intake.

They are: Subway, Boost Juice Bars, Just Cuts, Barry Plant, Bank of Queensland, Pizza Hut, Terry White Chemists and Just Better Care.

Through the NFP, the Fair Work Ombudsman will provide free advice on how to best promote compliance with workplace laws across their networks.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson welcomed strong interest in the program and says further placements may be offered later this year.

In the meantime, a dedicated web page has been developed - www.fairwork.gov.au/franchising - with information and resources specifically tailored for the franchising sector.

The NFP is an initiative of the Agency's Major Employer Branch, which won a commendation at the 2011 Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management for its National Employer Program (NEP).

Through the NEP, the FWO has adopted an innovative approach to regulation, fostering compliance with the Fair Work Act by working collaboratively with large employers.

More than 50 employers have now taken part in the NEP including Jenny Craig, Lincraft, JB Hi-Fi, Ricoh, Darrell Lea, Ramsay Health Care, Pretty Girl Fashion Group, Super Retail Group, Pacific Brands, The Reject Shop, Telstra, Cotton On, Payless Shoes and Amalgamated Holdings Limited.

Employers and workers seeking advice or assistance can visit the Fair Work Ombudsman's website or call the Infoline on 13 13 94.

Employers can also now subscribe to a regular e-newsletter with helpful employment and workplace tips.

Follow the Fair Work Ombudsman on Twitter @fairwork_gov_auexternal-icon.pngor find us on Facebookexternal-icon.png.

Media inquiries:

Ryan Pedler, Assistant Director, Media & Stakeholder Relations
0411 430 902
ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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