Strong pass rate for NSW South Coast

18 January 2011

Businesses along the NSW South Coast have received the thumbs up from the Fair Work Ombudsman after an auditing campaign found most are complying with workplace laws.

Fair Work inspectors visited employers in Nowra, Sussex Inlet, Milton, Ulladulla, Batemans Bay, Moruya, Narooma and Bega.

They scrutinised the record-keeping and pay slip practices of 137 businesses, finding only 19 (14 per cent) with contraventions.

Nowra, Batemans Bay and Bega each had four employers with breaches, while there were two each in Sussex Inlet, Milton and Ulladulla and one in Moruya.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says inspectors assisted the employers to voluntarily rectify their breaches and further action, such as the issuing of infringement notices, was not required.

“Inspectors provided businesses with tools such as templates for time-and-wages records and pay slips to help them ensure ongoing compliance,” he said.

“The level of compliance and co-operation from businesses was encouraging.”

Employers from a range of industries were audited but there was a focus on the accommodation industry, which is a regular source of workplace complaints.

Mr Campbell says inspectors also provided employers with tips on how to ensure they comply with the National Employment Standards and Modern Awards.

Resources for employers at www.fairwork.gov.au include pay slip and record-keeping templates, an ‘Award Finder’ search tool that enables employers to find the Modern Award that applies to their business and a ‘How To Guide’ on the process for transitioning from Pre-Modern Awards to Modern Awards.

The website also contains a self-audit checklist, template letters and fact sheets on topics including leave, public holidays, and family-friendly workplaces.

The ‘Industries’ section on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website provides information specifically tailored for employers and workers in the hair and beauty, clerical, retail, cleaning, security and horticulture industries.

Employers or employees seeking assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. For translations call 13 14 50.

Media inquiries:

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

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