11 February 2010
Tasmanian security firms pass random audits
Security companies contracted to work at festivals in Tasmania have been given the thumbs up by the Fair Work Ombudsman after random audits found a high level of compliance with workplace laws.
The regulator conducted a targeted campaign following concerns from the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union that security staff working at the festivals were not receiving their full entitlements.
Fair Work inspectors scrutinised employment records for companies engaged at Taste of Tasmania, Soundscape, Falls Festival, MS Fest and Festivale.
Companies were asked to open their books to ensure they were keeping appropriate time-and-wages records and paying correct wages, loadings, penalties and allowances.
Fair Work Ombudsman Tasmania Director Glenn Jordan says the campaign uncovered three minor underpayments and two record-keeping contraventions.
Four workers have been back-paid a total of $150.
Mr Jordan says the high level of compliance was pleasing and employers appreciated the opportunity to have face-to-face discussion with Fair Work inspectors about their obligations.
“We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with employers to educate them and help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues we identify,” he said.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has a range of user-friendly resources that can help employers and workers comply with workplace laws and operate their workplace according to best practice.
The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national workplace laws.
Employers or employees seeking assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit www.fairwork.gov.au. For translations call 13 14 50.
Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0419 818 484
Ryan Pedler, Media & Stakeholder Relations Senior Adviser
(03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924