Fair Work inspectors to make educational visits to employers in Adelaide

18 May 2012

The Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to about 200 businesses around Adelaide over the next two months.

Fair Work inspectors will visit mainly manufacturing, building supplies, engineering, vehicle repair, road transport and maintenance industries in the suburbs of Lonsdale, O'Sullivan Beach, Woodville and Wingfield.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson 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," 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 provides a single point of contact for people working or running a business in Australia to get 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 and information on the website is translated into 27 different languages.

The website has a number of tools and resources, including PayCheck Plus and an Award Finder, to assist business-owners calculate the correct pay for their employees.

Free documentation is available Online for employers to use when hiring, managing and dismissing staff including letters of engagement and probation, timesheet and pay slip templates, leave application forms, a self-audit check list and workplace complaint form.

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 and vehicle industries.

Follow the Fair Work Ombudsman on Twitter @fairwork_gov_au external-icon.png or find us on Facebook external-icon.png.

Employers can also sign up for a regular e-newsletter with helpful tips and advice - www.fairwork.gov.au/enewsletter

Media inquiries:

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

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