Australian businesses need education on compliance more than ever.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is cracking down on non-compliance in Australia. A recent audit of over 1,385 Australian businesses found what they claim as “unacceptable” levels of compliance with workplace laws. Following accusations of numerous cafes and restaurants underpaying staff and the recent fine of celebrity chef, George Calombaris, all businesses are under close scrutiny.
“Fair Work has made no secret of the additional Government funding to crack down on underpayments and sham contracting, educating vulnerable workers and influencing non-compliant industries,” said Damien Gooden, CEO of HR Central.
“I don’t believe that every employer is out to stitch up their staff, and whilst you may be great at your trade – HR understanding and good process doesn’t always come easily or naturally. Therefore, it is always best to engage in professional support or advice to ensure you are compliant and follow best practices.”
The shocking reality is that 43% of Australian firms were not compliant with all workplace relations laws.
Of those businesses, 48% were simply unaware of their workplace law obligations. Businesses need more education on the right business practices and their law obligations. Companies like HR Central and Tanda are dedicated to ensuring Australian businesses are staying compliant.
“It’s not just multi-venue operators or celebrity chefs that should take heed. All business owners should look into the vast array of options out there proactively,” said Rod Scheider, Head of Partnerships at Tanda.
“Software like Tanda, a platform for workforce management that helps ensure staff pay is calculated correctly, are invaluable investments for the business. They come with no long-term obligations, operate in the cloud, and can be implemented with ease.”
Ignite Small Business Conference: the key to business success
In light of the above, The Small Business Lounge is excited to bring Melbourne SMEs a full-day conference. Designed to provide education and insight into best practices in all essential areas of business including marketing, HR, entrepreneurship, bookkeeping, accounting and PR.
“The way to help businesses succeed in the long-term is to target all aspects of the business and improve them by educating and providing the right tools. It’s about taking what a business already has in front of them and inspiring them to work on it,” said Brooke Arnott, Managing Director of The Small Business Lounge.
“Through Ignite Small Business, we can help get your foot in the door with the media, teach you how you should be marketing your business, how to take control of your finances, employees and inspire through other entrepreneurial success stories.”
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