Fair Work to conduct NSW audits
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has announced its intention to audit businesses across Outer West Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Wollondilly.
The FWO says the audits are a part of a compliance and education campaign, with Penrith, Springwood, Picton and Katoomba nominated as having a high number of young workers in disputes. Wollondilly accounts for the highest number of anonymous reports (per 1000 businesses) and ranks second highest for requests for assistance from the ombudsman.
Inspectors will be checking at least 200 businesses’ time and wage records for compliance with workplace laws. Audits will cover a cross-section of industries, including, but not limited to, construction, retail, manufacturing and accommodation and food services.
Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said that young workers are vulnerable to underpayment and poor working conditions due to their lack of experience and awareness of rights.
“Proactive campaigns are an important tool to educate employers about their workplace obligations. Inspectors will provide advice to businesses to help them comply with the law.
“Businesses should be warned that non-compliance can lead to action ranging from formal cautions and on-the-spot fines to litigation for the most serious breaches.
“As in all our campaigns, we are keen to work closely with key stakeholders in the region in building a culture of compliance,” Parker said.
A range of free tools and resources to assist employers and employees understand workplace laws is available at www.fairwork.gov.au.
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