Fair Work Ombudsman in Benalla next week

17 July 2013

The Fair Work Ombudsman will visit Benalla next week to help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

Fair Work Inspectors will be available to answer questions about pay, conditions and other aspects of workplace laws on Wednesday, 24 July, between 11 am and 5 pm at the CVGT office, located at 50-52 Carrier Street, Benalla.

Employers and employees are advised to make an appointment to see an Inspector by calling (03) 5440 5900 or emailing bendigo@fwo.gov.au, however drop in visits are also welcome.

The Fair Work Ombudsman will also operate an information booth at the Benalla Jobs and Skills Expo on Thursday, 25 July, between 10 am and 3 pm at Raffety’s Reception and Conference Centre, on Nunn Street, Benalla. Entry is free.

Information on a range of topics including modern awards, leave entitlements, wages, flexible work arrangements, hours of work and other employment entitlements will be available.

Senior Fair Work Inspector, Luke Ryan, said the Fair Work Ombudsman’s visit to Benalla is aimed at raising awareness among employers and employees of national workplace laws.

“We are serious about our job of creating fairer workplaces and we are strongly focused on ensuring the community understands its workplace rights and obligations,” Mr Ryan said.

“Opportunities like this where we can speak directly to employers and employees are an important way to help achieve that.

“We encourage anyone in Benalla who would like to learn more about national workplace laws to take advantage of the advice being offered at these events.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s website - www.fairwork.gov.au - has a range of free tools and resources to help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities.

Online tools include PayCheck Plus and an Award Finder to help employees and business owners determine the applicable award and minimum pay rates for their industry.

The website also contains a number of best practice guides for employers and employees on a range of topics including effective dispute resolution, consultation and cooperation in the workplace and use of individual flexibility agreements.

Employees and employers seeking further information and advice can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

Media inquiries:

Tom McPherson, Media & Stakeholder Relations
0439 835 855

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