Are you concerned about your legal compliance as an employer regarding workplace issues, such as employee dismissals, general protections or internal disputes like workplace bullying or harassment? Not sure what advice might apply to your situation?
Suppose you are an employer of a small business. In that case, you may not have access to the resources you need in your business structure to adequately answer some of the questions you may have about legal concerns for your business or provide your employees with guidance about legal matters. The Workplace Advice Service may be able to help you if you are eligible.
It’s a service that seeks to promote access to justice, reduce complexity about legal matters for users and avoid unnecessary costs.
The Workplace Advice Service is a part of the Fair Work Commission’s Access to Justice Program and offers free legal advice nationwide. It partners with close to 90 private law firms, community legal centres, legal aid, and some barristers to provide free legal assistance to small business employers and employees concerning unfair dismissal, general protections and anti-bullying.
To determine if you are eligible for the Workplace Advice Service, you must have fewer than 15 employees and not have:
- Membership with an employer association
- In-house staff who specialise in workplace relations, human resources or law
- Legal representation
If you are concerned about your legal compliance but are not eligible for this service, it’s best to seek assistance from a legal professional.