Franchise program launched

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a national franchise program, seeking engagement from franchisors

Franchise program launched
Franchise program launched

February 3, 2012

National workplace regulator, the Fair Work Ombudsman, plans to engage some of Australia’s largest franchisors with the launch of a new National Franchise Program (NFP).

Those volunteering to participate will receive free advice on how to best promote compliance with workplace laws across their network.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says the program is a worthwhile opportunity for franchisors to enhance their brand by publicly supporting fair workplaces where workers’ rights are valued.

"Franchisors can demonstrate a commitment to corporate responsibility and position their franchise outlets as employers of choice," Wilson says.

Franchisors participating in the NFP will work with the Fair Work Ombudsman to discuss their franchise structure and needs and strengthen their existing policies and practices.

Advisors will help franchisors develop and implement programs to increase their franchisees’ understanding of and compliance with workplace laws.

The NFP is an initiative of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s National Employer Branch, which has been liaising with the Franchise Council of Australia in developing the program.

The National Employer Branch assists large national employers to ensure they meet their obligations under the Fair Work Act, National Employment Standards and other applicable industrial instruments.

In establishing the National Employer Branch, the Fair Work Ombudsman consulted with external stakeholders such as the Australian Industry Group, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Australian Council of Trade Unions to identify issues that large national employers experience in achieving compliance with workplace laws.

In 2010-11, the National Employer Branch supported 31 national enterprises that together employ more than 209,000 people across a range of industries.

Franchisors interested in participating in the NFP should visit to register their interest before February 29.

Participation in the program is free.

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