Fair Work Inspectors Make Educational Visits In Tasmania

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Fair Work Infoline: 13 13 94 

Media Release

   22 Oct 2010

Fair Work inspectors to make educational visits

to eastern Tasmanian employers

The Fair Work Ombudsman will make educational visits to about 100 businesses in eastern

Tasmania next week.

Fair Work inspectors will doorknock businesses to provide information packs to employers

who have entered the national workplace relations system.    

Inspectors will focus on small and medium sized businesses in a range of industries in

towns, including Bridport, Scottsdale, St Helens, St Marys, Scamander, Bicheno,

Coles Bay, Swansea and Triabunna

This follows educational visits to more than 200 other businesses throughout Tasmania so

far this year.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the informal visits are

aimed at assisting employers to understand national workplace laws, including the National

Employment Standards and Modern Awards.

Information packs being distributed include helpful resources such as fact sheets,

templates and Best Practice Guides and provide advice about practical steps employers can

take to adjust to the new system. 

“We are very serious about our job of building knowledge and creating fairer workplaces

and we are strongly focused on ensuring the community understands its workplace rights

and obligations,” Mr Campbell said.

“The best advice I can give to business operators is to get the basics right and everything

else should start to fall into place.

“By the basics, I mean knowing what Award applies to your employees, the correct

classifications and pay rates.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website - www.fairwork.gov.au -

to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay.

Small to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure they are

better equipped when hiring, managing and dismissing employees by using free template

employment documentation with step-by-step instructions or accessing a series of Best

Practice Guides.

The ‘Industries’ section on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website provides information

specifically tailored for employers and workers in the retail, cleaning, clerical, hair and

beauty, security and horticulture industries.

Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair

Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays. For translations, call 13 14 50.


Media inquiries:

Ryan Pedler, Senior Media Adviser. (03) 9954 2561, 0411 430 902.


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