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Workplace regulator reaches out to franchises

The Fair Work Ombudsman is asking franchises to take part in its National Franchise Program (NFP), designed to improve compliance with workplace laws across their network.

Franchisors who take part in the NFP will receive free advice for developing and implementing programs to increase their franchisees’ understanding of and compliance with workplace laws.

They’ll also work with the Fair Work Ombudsman to discuss their franchise structure and needs, and to strengthen existing policies and practices.

According to Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson, the program gives franchisors the opportunity to enhance their brand by supporting fair workplaces where employees’ rights are valued.

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

The Fair Work Ombudsman has also launched a new webpage which contains information and resources specifically tailored for the franchising sector.

Franchisors interested in participating in the NFP should visit www.fairwork.gov.au/franchising to register their interest before February 29.

Participation in the program is free.