Free advice for employers in regional SA

24 August 2016

Small business owners in regional South Australia will have the opportunity to engage with experts from the Fair Work Ombudsman next month as part of the SA Small Business Commissioner’s Bizlinks South-East Roadshow.

Employers will have the chance to hear from and speak directly to local, state and federal government organisations at events in Victor Harbor and Murray Bridge.

Fair Work inspectors will provide tips for small business owners and demonstrate how to use some of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s online tools and resources.

The events will also provide employers with an opportunity to ask questions and seek advice during one-on-one conversations.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says it is important that businesses, particularly small businesses, know that they can seek assistance if they are unsure of their obligations.

“The Fair Work Ombudsman is striving to build a culture of compliance where businesses understand and comply with their lawful obligations,” she says.

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The Fair Work Ombudsman has a suite of tools and resources at www.fairwork.gov.au that small business owners can tap into, including a Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT), templates for time-and-wages records, an award-winning Online Learning Centre and staff management aids such as the Hiring Employees Guide.

Employers seeking advice on meeting their workplace obligations can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

A dedicated Small Business Helpline is available on request.

Bizlinks South East Roadshow

Wednesday, September 7 2016

Bizlinks Victor Harbor
10am – 1pm
Council Chambers
1 Bay Road
Victor Harbor

Bizlinks Murray Bridge
5pm – 8pm
Chaffey Learning Centre
52 – 68 Swanport Road
Murray Bridge

Register for this event: http://www.sasbc.sa.gov.au/sasbc_events or call 1800 072 722.

Follow Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James on Twitter @NatJamesFWO external-icon.png, the Fair Work Ombudsman @fairwork_gov_au External link icon or find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/fairwork.gov.au External link icon.

Sign up to receive the Fair Work Ombudsman’s media releases direct to your email inbox at www.fairwork.gov.au/mediareleases.

Media inquiries:

Eithne Johnston, Media Adviser
Mobile: 0439 835 855
eithne.johnston@fwo.gov.au

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