Supermarkets focus of new campaign in Perth and regional Western Australia

10 October 2010

The Fair Work Ombudsman has announced plans to randomly audit more than 100 major supermarkets in Perth and regional Western Australia.

The Agency has written to supermarkets throughout the State to inform them of the targeted campaign and provide information about workplace laws.

The campaign will be conducted in three stages.

Fair Work inspectors last week wrote to 40 supermarkets located north of the Swan River in Perth to ask them to supply records for audit.

Once received, inspectors will scrutinise the documents to check whether employers are paying staff correctly and complying with their legal obligations relating to record-keeping and payslips.

The second stage will commence in January, when inspectors will target a further 40 supermarkets south of the river.

In the third and final stage in March, an additional 40 supermarkets will be randomly selected from various regional centres.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says a number of supermarkets which have previously been the subject of complaints will be audited again.

Mr Campbell says a key objective is to help employers understand national workplace laws, including Modern Awards and National Employment Standards.

“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,” he said.

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

Mr Campbell says 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 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,” he said.

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.

The Fair Work Ombudsman also has Best Practice Guides which have been developed to assist employers make better use of the provisions of the Fair Work Act and better understand other aspects of workplace laws.

Mr Campbell says the guides cover work and family, consultation and co-operation, individual flexibility arrangements, employing young workers, gender pay equity, small business, workplace privacy, managing underperformance, effective dispute resolution and improving workplace productivity.

Media inquiries:

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

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

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