Regulator To Check Hunter Shuttle Bus Industry

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Fair Work Infoline: 13 13 94 

Media Release

     3 Dec 2009

Regulator to check Hunter shuttle bus industry

The Fair Work Ombudsman will target the shuttle bus industry in the NSW Hunter

Valley to ensure workers are being paid correctly.

The regulator will focus on the industry for the next six weeks after noticing a rise

in complaints from employees.

Fair Work Ombudsman NSW Director Mark Davidson says the aim of the

campaign is to ensure employers are complying with workplace laws and

employees are receiving their full entitlements. 

“As a first step, we will write to employers to advise them of their obligations and

then we will follow up with random audits of a number of businesses,” he said.

The campaign will focus on time-and-wages sheets, pay slips and other

employment records.

Mr Davidson says the Fair Work Ombudsman has a culture of “going the extra

mile” to help resolve workplace issues.

“The Fair Work Ombudsman can help workers and employers understand recent

changes to Australia’s workplace relations laws, including minimum rates of pay,”

he said.

Mr Davidson says that the Fair Work Ombudsman has a flexible, fair approach

and prefers to work with employers to educate them and help them voluntarily

rectify any non-compliance issues that are identified.

“However, employers must be aware that it is their responsibility to ensure they

pay staff correctly.” 

“In cases where we suspect deliberate underpayments or other serious breaches

have occurred, we may launch a full audit which could lead to court proceedings.


“The maximum penalty for a breach of workplace law is $33,000.”

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


Media inquiries: 

Craig Bildstien, 0419 818 484

Ryan Pedler, (03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924.

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