Fair Work Ombudsman releases results of Kalgoorlie - Esperance targeted campaign

14 July 2010

More than 80 per cent of employers in Kalgoorlie and Esperance are complying with federal workplace laws, a Fair Work Ombudsman campaign has found.

Fair Work inspectors randomly audited 22 businesses in the region over three months, mainly in the retail, engineering, hospitality and mining industries.

Eighteen (82 per cent) of those were fully compliant with workplace relations laws, while four (18 per cent) recorded contraventions.

One Kalgoorlie business was asked to back-pay 16 workers a total of $3188 because it had been underpaying the minimum hourly rate.

Inspectors also identified three businesses with contraventions relating to record-keeping or payslip requirements.

Fair Work Ombudsman WA Director Leigh Quealy says it is pleasing that all employers with contraventions co-operated with inspectors and voluntarily rectified their non-compliance issues.

“Inspectors assisted employers to put processes in place to ensure these breaches do not occur in the future,” he said.

Mr Quealy said the Kalgoorlie - Esperance audits were part of a state-wide campaign aimed at educating West Australian employers about their workplace rights and obligations.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website - www.fwo.gov.au - to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay, including PayCheck, Payroll Check and a Pay Rate Calculator.

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.

Media inquiries:

Craig Bildstien, Director, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0419 818 484

Richard Honey, Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
(03) 9954 2716, 0457 924 146

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