25 November 2011
Canberra restaurants focus of new campaign
Canberra restaurants are the latest focus of the Fair Work Ombudsman in the ACT.
Fair Work inspectors will audit up to 100 Canberra restaurants between now and February, 2012, as part of a new education and compliance campaign.
Inspectors will check that employers are paying staff their full entitlements, including minimum pay rates and penalty rates, and are complying with record-keeping obligations.
In the ACT, restaurants and cafes are among the main sources of underpayment complaints to the Fair Work Ombudsman and calls to the Fair Work Infoline.
Nationally, the accommodation-and-hospitality industry generated the highest number of calls to the Fair Work Infoline last financial year.
The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $384,000 back-pay for 224 underpaid workers across all industries in the ACT last financial year. Nationally, the Agency recouped $26.7 million for 17,360 employees.
Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says a key focus of the Canberra restaurants campaign is making employers aware of the free resources available to assist them to understand and comply with workplace laws.
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s website - www.fairwork.gov.au - has a number of tools and resources, including PayCheck Plus and an Award Finder, to assist business-owners calculate the correct pay for their employees.
PayCheck Plus calculates minimum rates of pay per hour, per shift or per week and takes account of payments for overtime, penalty rates and allowances.
An ‘Industries’ section on the website provides extra, specialised information for employers and employees in the hospitality industry.
Free documentation is available Online for employers to use when hiring, managing and dismissing staff, including letters of engagement and probation, timesheet and pay slip templates, leave application forms, a self-audit check list and workplace complaint form.
Workers or employers seeking support should get in touch with the Fair Work Ombudsman via the website or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.
Follow the Fair Work Ombudsman on Twitter @fairwork_gov_au .
Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations
(03) 9954 2561, 0411 430 902