FWO plans Emerald visit to provide workplace advice

Fair Work Ombudsman will be in central Queensland next week to help employers and workers understand workplace rights and responsibilities

July 30, 2013

Representatives from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) will be available at three events in central Queensland next week to help employers and workers understand their workplace rights and responsibilities.

FWO inspectors will base themselves at Emerald from August 6 to 8, starting with a free presentation between 5pm and 7pm at the Emerald Showgrounds.

The FWO says the presentation will provide an overview of the Fair Work system, including employment standards and modern awards, and cover topics including common employer oversights, work practices to avoid and provide an opportunity for employers to ask questions.

Employers wanting to attend the free presentation need to register by emailing their name, phone number and business name or calling 07 4699 5856.

"A big part of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s role is to help build knowledge in the community about workplace laws and to help create fairer workplaces," FWO inspector Lisa Rossow says.

"Opportunities like this where we can speak directly to employers and employees are an important way to help achieve that."

Fair Work Inspectors will return to the showgrounds on August 7 between 8.30am and 5pm to answer questions about pay, conditions and other aspects of workplace laws.

While the FWO says drop-in visits are welcome, it has asked those wanting to speak to inspectors to email or call to make an appointment.

Inspectors will cap their Emerald trip with an appearance at the Emerald Careers Expo on August 8. It will operate an information booth between 10am and 4pm at the Emerald Town Hall.

"We encourage anyone in Emerald who would like to learn more about national workplace laws to take advantage of the advice being offered at these events," Rossow says.

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