CCIQ offers free support to flood and cyclone hit businesses

Sunday 27 January, 2013 | Tags: Disaster Recovery;

CCIQ (Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland) has extended its Employer Assistance Line services to any Queensland businesses forced to temporarily close or reduce operations as a result of tropical cyclone Oswald.

We know from previous natural disasters that businesses hit hard by floods and cyclone events stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in physical damage to buildings, damaged stock, and plant and equipment that is beyond repair. In addition these businesses are unable to open losing valuable trade, both directly and indirectly businesses can be badly impacted through reduced customer patronage.

CCIQ's Employer Assistance Line will provide free industrial relations advice to businesses impacted by cyclone Oswald in terms of managing their workforces appropriately and within the Fair Work Act. For those businesses that are forced to shut due to flooding, cyclone or loss of power, industrial relations provisions in Australia provide options for staff to be placed on leave.

CCIQ CEO, Stephen Tait, said 'We urge all businesses that have had to close or reduce operations as a result of Cyclone Oswald to use our Employer Assistance Line to make sure that they are fully aware of what options are available to them.'

'Employers across coastal Queensland will be assessing damage, reviewing operations and cleaning up once more after a major weather event and CCIQ's Employer Assistance Line can guide business owners through a time consuming, complex and difficult part of the rebuilding process.'

On Sunday 27 and Monday 28 January, businesses can call CCIQ's Employer Assistance Line on 0406 384 806.

From Tuesday morning businesses can call CCIQ's Employer Assistance Line on 1300 135 822 or email

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