Hub for small business
THE Fair Work Ombudsman has launched its Small Business Showcase, a virtual hub providing a wealth of resources for small business owners seeking information about their workplace obligations.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James is urging small business owners to participate in the showcase to ensure they’re up-to-date with their obligations under workplace law.
“Australia’s workplace relations system is complex and can be hard to navigate, particularly for time-poor small and family businesses,” Ms James says.
“Our experience, backed up by research, is that small businesses can be overconfident when it comes to compliance – failing to check the rules to ensure they’ve got things right.”
Ms James says that successive campaigns undertaken by her agency have shown consistently lower rates of workplace compliance amongst small businesses when compared to larger businesses ( an average 15 per cent lower over the past two and a half years).
“Our Small Business Showcase is a great opportunity for small businesses to brush up on their workplace relations knowledge, download practical resources and find out more about the assistance the agency can provide,” Ms James says.
The Small Business Showcase consolidates all the information and resources a small business needs in one place at www.fairwork.gov.au/smallbizshowcase.
The showcase covers topics including hiring employees, calculating pay, keeping accurate records and resolving workplace issues.
It also includes six instructional videos demonstrating how small business owners can use Fair Work Ombudsman resources to meet their obligations as an employer.
The showcase is running alongside the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Workplace Basics campaign in which inspectors are auditing and assisting businesses access and navigate the wide range of free resources available to help them meet their obligations.
Employers and employees seeking assistance can visit www. fairwork.gov.au or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. Small businesses owners can opt for priority service by following the prompts.