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NSW Industrial Relations to visit Clarence River

BUSINESSES in the small towns of Wooli and Minnie Water will be a flurry of activity this week, with the announcement by Country Labor MLC Greg Donnelly, that the NSW Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) will be making a visit on Monday.

Inspectors from the OIR will visit 10 commercial businesses in the region, and will be talking to employers to ensure matters like employment records and workplace conditions are up-to-scratch.

For those with questions, the inspectors will also be providing information and advice on workplace rights and obligations.

"Employers are required to let the inspector to their workplace, answer the questions asked and provide any employment records requested," Mr Donnelly said.

"Failure to comply with any of the above can result in legal action and heavy fines."

While some might wonder why these visits are necessary, Mr Donnelly said it's important to ensure businesses are competing fairly and complying with their obligations as an employer; and it's not just Wooli and Minnie Water under the spotlight, with the OIR planning to visit 13,000 workplaces all over the state.

"Most employers want to do the right thing," explains Mr Donnelly. "Our workplace inspections provide an opportunity for employers to ask questions to ensure they are meeting their obligations to their staff."

For more information, business owners can call the information hotline on 131 628 or visit the OIR website at www.industrialrelations.nsw.gov.au.


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