Strong compliance in Qld aged care industry

31 January 2013

The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of an education and compliance campaign focussing on Queensland’s aged care sector.

The industry was selected for attention because it has generated a number of employee complaints and has not previously been the subject of a campaign in Queensland.

Fair Work inspectors checked the books of 205 retirement villages and nursing homes last year to ensure they were paying workers correctly and complying with pay slip and record-keeping obligations.

Of the 204 audits completed, inspectors found 197 employers (97 per cent) were compliant with their workplace obligations, while seven (three per cent) recorded contraventions.

Of the seven businesses with contraventions, three businesses had only record-keeping contraventions and four businesses, located in Brisbane and the Darling Downs region, had underpaid 55 employees a total of $8800.

Fair Work inspectors educated non-compliant employers about their obligations under workplace laws and assisted them to voluntarily rectify their issues and back-pay workers.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says the campaign helped to increase employers’ awareness of workplace laws and the resources available to assist them.

“We are very pleased with the high rate of compliance found in this campaign but it is important that businesses in this sector continue to be proactive to ensure their ongoing compliance with workplace laws,” Mr Wilson says.

“We have excellent resources on our website to assist employers to understand workplace laws and ensure they provide employees their full entitlements.”

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.

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