The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has released a position paper that identifies some simple steps to tackle the overly complex workplace relations system for small businesses.
“We have had significant consultations with small businesses over the last two years and the overwhelming view is the legislation is far too complicated for the majority of Australian businesses with less than 20 employees and no expert HR or legal departments,” Ms Carnell said.
“Our paper – Workplace Relations-simplification for small business – contains practical and realistic solutions that attempt to make it simpler for businesses to do the right thing and build their confidence to employ, which is what the economy needs.
“Some of these achievable recommendations can be accomplished without legislation, and others can be realised with very minor legislative changes.”
Achievable non-legislative solutions suggested in the paper include:
“If these and other recommendations are implemented, it will level the playing field for small business who want to do the right thing and empower the Fair Work Ombudsman to deal with businesses that don’t,” Ms Carnell said.
Three approaches that the Ombudsman believes require legislative changes are:
“This is by no means our final word on the workplace relations system. It is simply some small but doable steps that will make a real difference to small businesses now, giving them the confidence to employ more staff,” Ms Carnell said.
A copy of the paper is available on the ASBFEO website.