Alice Springs and Katherine hospitality employers focus of new campaign

3 December 2010

Hospitality employers in Alice Springs and Katherine are the latest focus of the Fair Work Ombudsman in the Northern Territory.

Fair Work inspectors will visit 20 business houses in Alice Springs and a further 10 in Katherine over the next two months as part of a new education and compliance campaign.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says inspectors will provide employers with educational information about workplace laws and request time-and-wages records for audit.

“Inspectors will check employers are paying staff their full entitlements and are complying with record-keeping and pay slip obligations,” he said.

Mr Campbell says the hospitality industry has been selected for attention because it is a significant employer of young and foreign workers, including backpackers.

Employers to be audited will be notified prior to the visits and key stakeholders such as the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union and the Australian Hotels Association have been notified.

As part of a National Hospitality Campaign last year, the Fair Work Ombudsman audited 685 employers and recovered $1.6 million in back-pay for more than 5000 hospitality workers around Australia, including $17,973 for 63 NT workers.

Mr Campbell says inspectors will provide Alice Springs and Katherine employers with tips about how to ensure they are compliant with workplace laws, including Modern Awards and the National Employment Standards.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a range of user-friendly resources on its website to assist employers to comply with workplace laws and operate their workplace at best practice.

Resources for small business on www.fairwork.gov.au include industry specific web pages, payslip and record-keeping templates, a self-audit checklist, template letters and fact sheets on dozens of topics including leave, industrial action, public holidays, enterprise bargaining, gender pay equality and family-friendly workplaces.

As well as Online resources, the Fair Work Ombudsman has more than 200 highly-skilled advisers available to speak with employers and workers with questions on its Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays.

Media inquiries:

Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations
(03) 9954 2561, 0411 430 902
ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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