The Fair Work Ombudsman will launch a compliance and information campaign in the New England North West region, including the Glen Innes Severn Council Local Government Area.
The region has been targeted due to the high volume of requests to the Ombudsman for assistance with workplace compliance issues, particularly from mature-aged workers 55 years and older.
The campaign focuses on ensuring employers have up-to-date information, having identified problems such as local access to information about workplace rights and obligations.
Fair Work inspectors will audit businesses across local industries, including agriculture, forestry, and fishing; construction; manufacturing; accommodation and food services; and retail.
Inspectors will check that employers are up to date with their obligations, pay employees their lawful minimum wages and entitlements, and comply with record-keeping requirements.
Businesses found to be non-compliant will have to rectify any breaches, and will be advised how to ensure compliance in future.
The Fair Work Ombudsman encourages local employers to seek information and request assistance with workplace obligations.
It recognises that employers have many responsibilities, and that meeting rights and obligations can be complex.
On-line tools, including online modules, and a tailored service for employers, both free, are designed to make the whole process easier.
The campaign will run alongside the Fair Work Ombudsman’s recently launched Workplace Basics Campaign, where inspectors are auditing 1000 businesses across Australia to check compliance, and ensure employers know how to access and navigate the free resources available to them.
It also follows the launch of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Small Business Showcase, a virtual hub designed to provide small business owners with the resources and tools they need to comply with their workplace obligations.
Employers and employees can seek assistance at www.fairwork.gov.au or contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. Small businesses can opt for priority service by following the prompts. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.