JB Hi-Fi signs Fair Work agreement

JB JB Hi-Fi has entered into a new partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman in an effort to improve workplace practices across its 171 stores.

The company has made workplace compliance a high priority by signing a three year Proactive Compliance Deed (PCD) with the Fair Work Ombudsman.

JB Hi-Fi, which employs around 6000 people throughout Australia, first participated in the Fair Work Ombudsman’s former National Employer Program in 2010/2011.

Acting Fair Work Ombudsman, Michael Campbell, commended the company for signing up to a PCD, saying the Deeds facilitate better communication between employers and employees, as well as strengthening the relationship with the Agency.

As part of the Deed, JB HI-FI will undertake an extensive review of its systems and processes, with a focus on policies and procedures for part-time workers.

It will self audit employment records to ensure employees are receiving their full entitlements. These audits will look at wages, loadings, allowances, and penalty rates across all employment types.

A dedicated staff member will be nominated to deal with requests for assistance from its staff which are referred by the Fair Work Ombudsman and it will introduce workplace relations training for managers to ensure all employees are aware of their rights and entitlements.

A full report will be provided to the Fair Work Ombudsman at yearly intervals until the conclusion of the Deed, highlighting the number of requests for assistance received and resolved, the average time taken to resolve the issues and their outcomes.

Campbell says the Agency is working hard to build a culture of compliance with workplace laws in Australia with the objective of supporting compliant, productive, and inclusive workplaces.

Other national companies to have signed PCDs include McDonalds, Domino’s, Red Rooster, Spotless, Bread Top, Australian Fast Foods, United Trolley Collections, and Retail Zoo.

Employers and employees seeking advice or assistance can visit the website at www.fairwork.gov.au or contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

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