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 possible.

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 penalty rates.

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.

Media inquiries:

Penny Rowe, Media & Stakeholder Relations
0457 924 146
penelope.rowe@fwo.gov.au

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