16 September 2010
70 per cent pass rate for Bass Coast employers
Seventy per cent of employers randomly audited on Victoria’s Bass Coast are complying with federal workplace laws, the Fair Work Ombudsman revealed today.
A team of Fair Work inspectors door-knocked a mix of retail, hospitality and industrial businesses at Wonthaggi, Phillip Island and Inverloch in February.
The campaign is part of a rolling program by the Agency’s Victorian office to check that employers are meeting their record-keeping and payslip obligations.
Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says that of 82 employers scrutinised, 57 (70 per cent) were found to be compliant.
Mr Campbell said 25 employers were found to be in breach, 21 for record-keeping and payslip contraventions and four which had underpaid 12 of their staff a total of $6398 – an average $533 each.
Inspectors have assisted those businesses with contraventions to put processes in place to ensure they do not occur again.
The face-to-face visits were complemented by two education seminars for employers in Wonthaggi and Cowes.
Mr Campbell says it is important the Fair Work Ombudsman conducts localised, targeted campaigns to increase community awareness of workplace rights and obligations.
“It is important that in regional areas, small to medium employers in particular, are aware that we are here to help both in terms of providing information and practical tools and resources on our website, as well as responding to questions to our Fair Work Infoline,” he said.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website - www.fairwork.gov.au - to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay, including PayCheck and Payroll Check.
There are also templates for time-and-wages sheets, payslips and other types of employment records.
Small to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure they are better equipped when hiring, managing and dismissing employees by using free template employment documentation with step-by-step instructions or accessing a series of Best Practice Guides.
Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays. For translations, call 13 14 50.
Wonthaggi & Philip Island Record-keeping campaign (pdf 50KB)
Richard Honey, Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
(03) 9954 2716, 0457 924 146