Fair Work is asking franchisors to participate in a new program that will offer them free advice on how to promote compliance with workplace laws across their network.
“Franchisors can demonstrate a commitment to corporate responsibility and position their franchise outlets as employers of choice,” Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson said in relation to the new National Franchise Program (NFP).
He said the program is a worthwhile opportunity for franchisors to enhance their brand by publicly supporting fair workplaces where workers’ rights are valued.
The program, which was developed by the Fair Work Ombudsman’s National Employer Branch, will enable franchisors to discuss their structure and needs with Fair Work, with a view to strengthening their existing policies and practices, the organisation said.
“Advisors will help franchisors develop and implement programs to increase their franchisees’ understanding of and compliance with workplace laws,” Fair Work said.
Fair Work said it had liaised with the Franchise Council of Australia in developing the program.