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NSW Lunch 1/09/16

Don't be the next employment headline!

Over the past 18 months, a number of significant franchise brands have been caught up in damaging negative press about employment related issues, particularly allegations about underpaid employees. 

In the majority of cases, it has been the employees of franchisees who have been the innocent victims.  In many systems, Franchisors have traditionally left employment issues to franchisees but clearly that is no longer best practice given the significant reputational risks for any brand if a franchisee fails to adhere to employment laws.  

The Fair Work Ombudsman has been at the centre of the employee investigations.  For some time Fair Work has been advocating the use of Compliance Partnerships, which are underpinned by a Pro-Active Compliance Deed, as a way of limiting risk to a business, including franchise brands.  Fair Work states on their website:

A Compliance Partnership is a collaborative relationship between us and businesses that want to publicly demonstrate their commitment to creating compliant and productive workplaces.   We work with businesses who value their reputation and want to keep a positive relationship with their employees, their customers and the Australian community.  Through a Compliance Partnership with us, businesses can ensure their systems and processes are working effectively to build a culture of compliance.

So what is a 'Compliance Partnership' and 'Proactive Compliance Deed'?  What is involved and what does it achieve?

Steven Ronson, Executive Director - Dispute Resolution and Compliance, Fair Work Ombudsman will provide an explanation about Fair Work's compliance programme and what is involved in a proactive compliance deed.  Some significant franchise brands such as McDonalds, Dominos, La Porchetta and Retail Zoo (Boost Juice/Salsa's) have already entered into proactive compliance deeds.

We will also be assembling a panel of experts to discuss proactive compliance deeds to assess the benefits and risks.

Date: Thursday 1 September, 2016
Time: 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start - 2.00pm
Venue: Moore Park Golf Club,
             Cnr Anzac Pde & Cleveland St,
             Sydney NSW 2021
Cost: $50 for Members
           $65 for Non-members
           Registration includes lunch.
Parking: Complimentary parking available for guests

This is a not to be missed event and seating is limited.
Venue: Moore Park Golf Club
Venue Address: Cnr. Anzac Pde. & Cleveland St, Moore Park, Sydney, NSW
Starting: 12:15 PM
Thursday 1st September 2016
Ending: 2:00 PM
Phone Enquiries: 1300 669 030

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