Fair Work Ombudsman to visit Thursday Island and the Northern Peninsula Area next week
5 November 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman will visit Thursday Island and the
Northern Peninsula Area, in Queensland, next week to help
employers and workers learn more about their workplace rights and
Fair Work Inspectors will visit a random selection of businesses on Thursday
Island and the Northern Peninsula Area between Monday, 11 November, and
Thursday, 14 November, to discuss steps they can take to ensure they are
complying with workplace laws.
They will provide advice about minimum pay rates and conditions, and provide
fact sheets and templates designed to help employers meet their pay and
Inspectors will also conduct some spot-checks of time-and-wages records and
in any cases of non-compliance identified, their preference will be to assist
employers to voluntarily rectify any issues.
In addition, Inspectors will be available to answer questions from employers
and employees about pay, conditions and other aspects of workplace laws on
Monday, 11 November, between 1pm and 4.30pm and again on Wednesday, 13 November,
between 9am and 12.30pm at Thursday Island Centrelink, on the corner of Hastings
Street and Victoria Parade.
Employees and employers can drop in during these hours. Appointments are not
Information on a range of topics including wages, flexible work arrangements,
leave entitlements, workplace discrimination, hours of work and other
entitlements will be available.
Fair Work Inspector, Pixie Nee, says the visits aim to raise awareness among
local employers and employees about their rights and responsibilities under
national workplace laws.
"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," Ms Nee
"Opportunities like this where we can speak directly to employers and
employees are an important way to help achieve that and improve community
understanding. By proactively visiting businesses we can ensure that employers
have all the information they need to comply with minimum pay rates, conditions
and their record-keeping obligations."
The Fair Work Ombudsman's website - www.fairwork.gov.au - contains a range of tools and resources to help employers and workers understand
and comply with workplace laws.
Online tools include an Award Finder and PayCheck Plus to help employers and
workers determine the correct pay rates, classifications and minimum
entitlements for their industry.
Small businesses without the benefit of in-house advice such as human
resources staff can also ensure they are better equipped when hiring, managing
and dismissing workers by using the range of free templates available
Employers and employees seeking further information and advice can call the
Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is
available on 13 14 50.
Ryan Pedler, Assistant Director, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
(03) 9954 2561, 0411 430 902
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