Fair Work Ombudsman in Albany next week

24 July 2013

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

Senior Fair Work Inspector, Tony Harris, will be available to answer questions about pay, conditions and other aspects of workplace laws on Wednesday, 31 July, between 8.30 am and 4 pm at the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 76 Collie Street.

Employees and employers who would like to discuss their workplace rights or obligations with Mr Harris need to make an appointment by calling (08) 9792 7900. There is no charge for appointments.

The Fair Work Ombudsman will also run a free presentation for employers on Wednesday, 31 July between 6 pm and 7 pm at the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The presentation will show employers how to navigate the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website - www.fairwork.gov.au - and use the free tools and resources available to help them comply with their obligations under workplace laws.

Website tools include an Award Finder and PayCheck Plus to help locate the applicable award and minimum pay rates for employees, an online leave calculator, templates for time-and-wages records, best practice guides and online learning courses.

Employers who would like to attend the free presentation need to reserve their place by calling (08) 9792 7900 by Monday, 29 July.

Mr Harris said the visit aimed to raise awareness among employers and employees in Albany of national workplace laws, including the National Employment Standards and modern awards.

“A big part of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s role is to help build knowledge in the community about workplace laws and to help create fairer workplaces,” Mr Harris said.

“Opportunities like this where we can speak directly to employers and employees and help them to learn about the educative tools on our website are an important way to achieve that.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman has recently launched an online learning course on how to conduct difficult conversations at work. The course is available at www.fairwork.gov.au/learning and there is a version designed specifically for employers and managers and one for employees.

Employees and employers seeking further support should get in touch with the Fair Work Ombudsman via the website or by calling the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

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Media inquiries:

Tom McPherson, Media & Stakeholder Relations
0439 835 855

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