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We know that if you are employing staff there is a particular piece of legislation that you must abide by where failure to do so can result in severe penalties. The Fair Work Ombudsman has assisted by publishing a new handbook to assist employers better understand the fair work legislation and their obligations under workplace laws.
It is designed to assist employers prevent and resolve workplace issues in their businesses, the handbook provides an overview of the aspects of the Fair Work Act that employers must be familiar with, including:
 

  • The 10 National Employment Standards
  • Awards and Agreements
  • Pay slips and record-keeping
  • Employing staff
  • Handling workplace disputes
  • Managing under performance, and
  • General protections.

They are encouraging employers to combine the handbook with their workplace policies and procedures to create a single source of information for employees and managers. To assist further, there are also free letter and document templates available on the FWO website, which includes letters of engagement and probation, timesheet and pay slip templates, leave application forms, and a self-audit check list.
The Fair Work Handbook seeks to help employers to understand their obligations and how to apply them within their business. It can also assist employers and managers in dealing with employee enquiries about workplace laws and will help in resolving any issues that arise.
In addition to the newly updated handbook, the website has a number of tools and resources, including PayCheck Plus and an Award Finder.  

Click here to access the handbook and FWO resources. 

Another solution is to take out an Employment Practices Liability cover. This can be an extension to Management Liability but this still requires some knowledge on your part. Or have someone do it for you with a more comprehensive "stand alone" package with a Risk Management component such as Employsure's product.
 

Last changed: Dec 24 2012 at 1:47 PM

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