Small business helpline to help employers


A new small business helpline has been established to provide small businesses with quick and easy access to workplace relations advice.

Operating a small business can be very rewardomg, but quite difficult when it comes to understanding requirements and responsibilities under the Fair Work Act including minimum employment conditions, recording keeping and payslips, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said.

Small business people in Kennedy who call the Fair Work Ombudsman will now receive priority service which will help them to understand the laws so they are confident to grow, invest and create jobs.

Small businesses are the economic life blood of many communities in Kennedy and across Australia and the helpline is part of a wider program to support and increase the productivity of small businesses.

We said before the election we would restore confidence in the sector, encourage growth, drive employment and innovation and this delivers on the Coalitions Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws, he said.

The Fair Work Act sets out a number of requirements that business, including small business, need to be aware of and employers can call the Fair Work Info line 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 also available by calling 13 14 50.

Further information and a range of tools and resources are available on the Fair Work Ombudsmans website atwww.fairwork.gov.au/smallbusiness.

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