Watchdog Targets Albany-denmark-mt Barker Employers

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Media Release




         12 Nov 2009


Watchdog targets Albany-Denmark-Mt Barker


Fair Work inspectors are auditing up to 40 businesses in Albany, Denmark and Mt

Barker to ensure they are paying staff correctly and keeping proper records.


The Fair Work Ombudsman has written to the businesses asking them to supply

time-and-wages sheets, payslips and other employment records.


Employers have been chosen at random across a variety of industries.


Fair Work Ombudsman WA Director Leigh Quealy says Bunbury-based inspectors

will scrutinise the records over the next few weeks.


“Inspectors will check the records to ensure staff are receiving their full

entitlements under the applicable pay scale and Award,” he said.


“In cases where records are not up to scratch or indicate workers are being

underpaid, inspectors may launch a wider investigation.”

 

Mr Quealy says inspectors will provide businesses with assistance and information

to help them voluntarily rectify any issues identified.


“In cases where an employer refuses to voluntarily rectify issues or where we

suspect serious, deliberate breaches have occurred, we may choose to launch

court proceedings,” he said.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s role and to

educate employees and employers about their workplace rights and obligations.

Mr Quealy says the Fair Work Ombudsman can help workers and employers to

understand recent changes to Australia’s workplace relations laws, including the

minimum rates of pay.


Payslip and record-keeping templates and other tools are available by visiting

www.fwo.gov.au Employers or employees seeking assistance can also contact the

Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.


The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative

workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national

workplace laws.


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, 0434 365 924. ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au







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