Fair Work inspectors to visit more than 500 employers in Adelaide and regional SA

5 October 2010

Hundreds of businesses on Adelaide’s popular shopping strips have been earmarked for random audits by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Fair Work inspectors will this week begin doorknocking on Norwood Parade, Unley Road, King William Road and Jetty Road at Glenelg.

They will also be visiting employers in the major shopping hubs at Mount Gambier, Port Lincoln, Whyalla and Port Pirie.

Up to 250 businesses are expected to be asked to open their books for scrutiny to ensure they are paying staff correctly.

A second team of Fair Work inspectors will also begin educational visits this week to more than 300 commercial premises at Lonsdale, Morphett Vale, South Plympton, Mitchell Park, Ridgehaven, Fairview Park, Rostrevor, Athelstone, Payneham and Campbelltown.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the educational visits are informal and aimed at helping employers who entered the national workplace relations system earlier this year.

Inspectors will hand out information packs including fact sheets, employment templates and Best Practice Guides and point employers to helpful tools and resources Online at www.fairwork.gov.au and the benefits of calling the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.
  
Mr Campbell says the shopping strip audits will see inspectors scrutinising about 170 businesses in metropolitan Adelaide and about 80 in regional SA.

As well as checking staff pay rates, inspectors will monitor employer record-keeping and pay-slip practices to ensure they are compliant.

“We are very serious about our job of ensuring the South Australian community understands its rights and obligations in the workplace,” Mr Campbell said.

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

“In cases where they don’t, or where we suspect deliberate underpayments or other serious breaches have occurred, we may launch a full audit which could lead to court proceedings.”

Media inquiries:

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

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