The specific functions of the Fair Work Commission include:
Judging disputes, complaints in the workplace, (including unfair dismissal, general protection applications and anti bullying applications),
Maintaining the minimum employment standards including wages and employee rights
Reviewing and changing awards and agreements
Various other functions related to the workplace.
The Fair Work Commission also has a free call service to provide basic and general information on the Fair Work Act 2009, but they cannot provide legal advice.
Therefore, it is more appropriate for employees, employers, contractors and any other relevant parties that believe they have workplace liabilities or responsibilities, to call the Fair Work Ombudsman for free advice and information.
The Fair Work Ombudsman also conducts investigations. Basically they enforce the underpayment of award wages and disputes around this For most of our clients, we recommend that employees who believe that they have been underpaid go to the Fair Work Ombudsman to enquire into what they should have been paid and request an investigation if they have indeed been underpaid.
Many employees get confused and try and lodge a unfair dismissal application with the Fair work Ombudsman, when it should be with the Commission, being a strictly enforced 21 days to lodge a claim then find them selves out side this timeline and have the serious risk of having their claim denied. Some employees lodge a unfair dismissal claim because they have not been paid there redundancy pay and its unfair, then end with having to pay the Employers legal cost because their in the wrong place.
Not sure, get advice from us, its free, its through, equally The Fair work Commission and the Fair work Ombudsman have enquiry lines, and are are helpful people.