Fast Food businesses focus of national campaign
18 November 2013
The Fair Work Ombudsman is writing to almost 7,000 fast food businesses
across the country as part of a national campaign.
Fast food business operators are being encouraged
to visit www.fairwork.gov.au/fastfood to make use
of the detailed, user-friendly resources available to help them comply with
their obligations under workplace laws as quickly and efficiently as
The webpage includes information about the Fast Food Industry Award
2010 and a link to the PayCheck Plus tool, which employers can use to
calculate correct rates of pay for staff, including minimum hourly rates and
There are also links to record-keeping and pay slip templates, best practice
guides and fact sheets, and employers can register to attend a free educational
webinar being held on Tuesday, 19 November.
The focus on fast food businesses is the third stage of a wider three-year
campaign focusing on the hospitality industry.
As part of the campaign, the Fair Work Ombudsman focused similar educational
activities on accommodation providers, pubs, taverns and bars last year and on
cafes, restaurants and caterers earlier this year.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the fast food sector has been selected
for attention because it employs a large number of workers and includes many
small and medium-sized businesses.
"We are committed to providing small business operators, who are often not
supported by an in-house human resources and payroll team, with the assistance
they need to understand their obligations under workplace laws and comply with
them as easily as possible," Ms James said.
"The overwhelming majority of small business operators want to do the right
thing by their employees and get it right when it comes to workplace laws and we
are committed to helping them do that."
As part of the campaign, the Fair Work Ombudsman will also randomly select
about 300 fast food businesses in metropolitan and regional locations for audit
early next year.
Employers or employees seeking assistance should visit the website or contact
the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service
is available on 13 14 50.
Penny Rowe, Media & Stakeholder
0457 924 146
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