7 July 2009
80 per cent pass workplace watchdog’s Gippsland hair and beauty checks
Eighty per cent of hair and beauty salons in Gippsland have passed random audits conducted by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Workplace inspectors checked the books of 56 businesses in Warragul, Morwell, Moe, Traralgon, Bairnsdale, Paynesville, Venus Bay and Inverloch.
Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says just 12 employers were found to be in breach of workplace law.
Mr Campbell says eight businesses were inadvertently underpaying staff, while four were not keeping proper time-and-wages records or issuing correct payslips.
He says the campaign has resulted in 11 Gippsland workers being repaid $7284. The biggest underpayment of a single worker was $3677.
“The workers had been underpaid entitlements including their hourly rate of pay, weekend penalty rates and apprentice rates,” Mr Campbell said said.
All have been rectified voluntarily by the employers involved.
“It was pleasing to find that most businesses were maintaining proper time-and-wages information and issuing pay-slips correctly,” Mr Campbell said.
“We chose to conduct this auditing campaign as a result of the significant number of complaints our Traralgon office has received from hair and beauty workers in the Gippsland region.
“Many workers in the industry, such as young people and trainees, are vulnerable, so it’s important we make sure they are being treated fairly.”
Workplace inspectors recently commenced a national campaign of random audits of hundreds of hairdressers and beauty salons around Australia. Gippsland will not be included again.
Mr Campbell says the Fair Work Ombudsman aims to promote harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national workplace laws.
A new specialist education team has been charged with assisting small to medium sized businesses understand the changes to national workplace relations laws.
Workers and employers alike can contact the FWO Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit www.fwo.gov.au for assistance.
Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0419 818 484
Ryan Pedler, Media & Stakeholder Relations Senior Adviser
(03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924