2/08/2011 4:13:15 AM
Paul Meredith -
The Fair Work Ombudsman has advised the Institute that in August 2011 that agency will randomly select a sample of accountancy practices to review the records of their clerical and administrative staff and assess the level of compliance with workplace laws.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is the government agency that ensures compliance with Australia’s workplace laws. These reviews are to be conducted as part of its National Clerical Workers Campaign 2011.
Accountants who employ administrative and clerical staff under the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 can access free information about their obligations as an employer at the website of the Fair Work Ombudsman, which contains useful information on which jobs the Award covers, hours of work, rosters, annual leave and apprenticeships and traineeships. It answers typical questions which employers might ask, to assist in complying with Australia’s workplace laws. There is also access to a range of online tools and templates that can be used to make it simpler to ensure workplace practices are in compliance.
To assist accountants before the review, the Ombudsman is offering a free webinar on 17 August 2011. This webinar will provide:
Note also that the NSW Office of Industrial Relations is running a series of workshops around New South Wales in August under the banner Fair Work for Accountants. These free two-hour workshops will explain the Fair Work system with particular focus on those areas that accountants need to be aware of. These include modern awards and their coverage, record-keeping requirements, transitional provision calculations, employee entitlements on transfer of business, and the role and powers of an inspector.
Paul Meredith (Member since: 4/07/2010 12:05:45 AM)
I am the Head of Professional Standards at the Institute, a chartered accountant and a former suburban practitioner.
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This webinar is now available to download from the Fair Work Ombudsman
I was also interested to see the FWO’s response to this FAQ:
What award provides coverage for accountancy practices?
In the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) decision delivered on 4 December 2009,  AIRCFB945, the AIRC clarified the coverage of the Miscellaneous Award 2010 and made it clear that accountants are not covered by the Miscellaneous Award. We are of the opinion that accountants with formal qualifications, undertaking the typical duties of an accountant with formal qualifications within an accountancy practice, are not covered by a modern award.
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