Adelaide’s Clipsal 500 in the spotlight

4 March 2010

The Fair Work Ombudsman will randomly audit stall-holders at next week’s Adelaide Clipsal 500 motor race to ensure casual workers are being paid properly.

Fair Work inspectors will visit up to 50 employers operating inside the annual event between Wednesday, March 10 and Sunday, March 14 to conduct on-site checks of time-and-wages records.

Afterwards, inspectors will switch their focus to the cafes, hotels and restaurants in the City’s nearby East End - where they will check the books up to 30 employers on Hutt, Grenfell and Rundle Streets and East Terrace on Monday and Tuesday, March 15 and 16.

Inspectors will be particularly interested in checking that employers in the East End provided their staff with appropriate meal breaks during the busy period.

Fair Work Ombudsman South Australian Director Carey Trundle says with many young and vulnerable employees working in and around the event, it is important for the workplace regulator to ensure workers receive their full entitlements.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has met with Clipsal organisers, employer groups, unions, individual businesses and other stakeholders to apprise them of the targeted campaign.

“Where we find records are not adequate or identify other non-compliance issues, our preference will be to provide information and assistance to employers and request they voluntarily rectify any problems,” Ms Trundle said.

“However, in cases where they don’t, or where we suspect deliberate underpayments or other serious breaches have occurred, we may launch a full audit.”

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

Resources for small business at www.fwo.gov.au include 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 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:

Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0419 818 484
craig.bildstien@fwo.gov.au

Ryan Pedler, Media & Stakeholder Relations Senior Adviser
(03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924
ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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