This week’s guest blogger is Robert Hortle, the director of small business strategy for the Fair Work Ombudsman
Successful small business owners need to become experts in a range of specialities like finance, HR, marketing – even law. With so many things to consider, it can be overwhelming to think about the legal rights and responsibilities that surround hiring staff.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is here to help. Visit www.fairwork.gov.au/smallbusiness for dedicated information, tools and resources to help you keep on top of your workplace relations obligations.
We’ve also launched a new helpline.
Small business people can contact 13 13 94 between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm weekdays, and access free advice and assistance from a team of experts.
Fairwork.gov.au has detailed information and free, practical tools for small business. Look for these helpful resources:
- online pay tools to help calculate minimum pay and penalty rates
- award finder to find out if there is a modern award that could apply to your business
- best practice guides and factsheets that provide guidance on important workplace issues for happier, more productive workplaces
- industry pages that offer specific information tailored to key industries, such as retail, hospitality, cleaning and many others
- an online learning centre with free courses on workplace skills and strategies, like handling difficult conversations. They’re interactive and allow self-paced learning.
Free templates can be downloaded straight to your PC from fairwork.gov.au, which can simplify the work of keeping employment records. These templates include the following:
- industry specific templates
- payslips and record-keeping
- employing staff
- managing leave and hours of work.
Just like your business, workplace requirements will change with time. Here are three ways to access updates to keep track of new information as it emerges:
- sign up to our eNewsletter for bi-monthly updates on employment issues
- like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest information
We at Business Tasmania would like to thank Rob for his contribution.