Just what small business has been calling for – help with complying with the absurdly complex and competitiveness-sapping industrial relations laws!
I think what’s really scary is that the Coalition government doesn’t seem to get it … it’s not compliance that’s the big issue, it’s the law itself, particularly in respect of penalty rates, junior rates of pay, unfair dismissals, etc. How does this possibly deliver on a commitment to improve the Fair Work Laws?
Check out the media release:
New Helpline for Small Business
Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz and the Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson today joined the Fair Work Ombudsman to launch a new helpline for small business.
We said before the election we would restore confidence in the sector, encourage growth, drive employment and innovation and this delivers on the Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws.
Small business people who call the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 will now receive priority service which will help them to efficiently improve their understanding of the laws so they are confident to grow, invest and create jobs.
The Fair Work Ombudsman will assist small business people by reducing waiting time, educating and assisting the sector to comply with workplace laws and reduce the stress on small business owners.Small businesses are the economic life blood of communities and this step is part of a wider program to better support and increase the productivity of small businesses.Employers can call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 between 8am and 5.30pm weekdays to obtain free advice and assistance from a team of expert advisers. A free interpreter service is available by calling 13 14 50.There are also a range of tools and resources available on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website at www.fairwork.gov.au/smallbusiness.