Service stations and roadhouses the focus of new campaign in NSW Hunter and Mid-North Coast

18 December 2012

Note: Reference to prosecution in this media release is a general reference to the FWO commencing proceedings for the imposition of civil penalties and should not be taken to be a reference to criminal proceedings.

The Fair Work Ombudsman will audit up to 25 fuel retailers in the NSW Hunter and Mid-North Coast regions region over the next four months as part of a new education and compliance campaign.

The campaign will focus on company-owned, franchised and independent service stations and roadhouses.

Fair Work inspectors will check employers are paying minimum wage rates, penalty rates and overtime rates for staff including console operators, driveway attendants and roadhouse attendants.

Inspectors will also check employers are complying with record-keeping and pay slip obligations.

Audits will be conducted within the area bounded by the Newcastle/Hunter region, Tamworth and Port Macquarie

Fair Work Ombudsman, Nicholas Wilson, said the sector was selected for an education and compliance campaign in the area following a number of substantiated underpayment complaints.

Mr Wilson says the campaign aims to increase awareness of workplace laws and the free resources the Fair Work Ombudsman has available to assist employers to understand and comply with workplace laws.

“Fuel retailing businesses generally have long operating hours, so this campaign provides a good opportunity for employers in the sector to ensure they understand their obligations in regards to penalty and overtime rates,” Mr Wilson said.

“We also want to ensure the many vulnerable workers employed in this sector, including young workers and those culturally diverse backgrounds are receiving their full lawful entitlements.”

In cases where contraventions are identified, the preference of Fair Work inspectors will be to educate employers and assist them to voluntarily rectify non-compliance issues.

“We are committed to providing free education, assistance and advice to make it easier for employers to comply with workplace laws,” Mr Wilson says.

Workers or employers seeking support should get in touch with the Fair Work Ombudsman via the website www.fairwork.gov.au or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

Media inquiries: (08) 8225 8263

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