Small business answers offered

THE department of Consumer and Employment Protection is conducting a series of seminars in Beechboro for small business owners on a range of employment issues.

The seminars will be held at Altone Park Leisure Centre, Benara Road, Beechboro.

They are in answer to audits and wages records of 100 employers in suburban Malaga.

Labour Relations director compliance and education Brian Appleby said while the audits found the majority of employers were found to be paying correct wage rates, more than half the employers bound by awards were not recording employee starting and finishing times.

He said employers could be prosecuted for not maintaining accurate time and wages records.

"During the next six months industrial inspectors from the department will carry out a compliance follow-up check in the Malaga area," Mr Appleby said.

"These checks may include businesses that were not visited as part of the educational campaign."

The first seminars will bring small business owners up to date on the current record keeping requirements and will be held on April 28 and April 29 from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Employment options, including awards, enterprise bargaining agreements and employer-employee agreements will be outlined on May 3 and May 5 from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Termination of employment issues will be canvassed on May 10 and May 12 from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Interested people can book at BOCS at or by phoning 9484 1133.



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