Hub for small busi­ness

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News -

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.

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