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Almost half of inner Adelaide businesses

fail the basics in workplace compliance checks

 

July 2018

Audits of 125 businesses across the Adelaide CBD and surrounding suburbs have found 45 per cent to be non-compliant with workplace laws.

The Fair Work Ombuds-man (FWO) has released the findings of its compliance and education campaign targeting businesses in the Adelaide CBD, North Adelaide, Nor-wood, Kent Town and Bromp-ton.

Checks of businesses’ time and wage records found that 36 (29 per cent) of audited businesses were not paying their employees correctly, while 29 (23 per cent) had breached their record keeping and payslip requirements.

As a result of the audits, $54,701 in wages and entitle-ments was recovered for 113 workers.

Inspectors issued seven formal cautions, six infringe-ment notices (on-the-spot fines) and three compliance notices to non-compliant businesses.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the checks were prompted by comparatively high numbers of requests for assistance from the area in the years preceding the campaign, with numbers of requests from Adelaide, Norwood and Brompton amongst the highest in the state.

"As well as identifying instances of non-compliance, our campaign activities provide an opportunity to deliver targeted education to employers and employees about their workplace rights and obligations and equip them with the tools and information they need to ensure they are complying with the law," Ms James says.

"The findings in this campaign reinforce the reason why we recently commenced the National Workplace Basics Campaign, as there are still too many employers simply not getting the basics right when it comes to ‘bread and butter’ issues such as pay rates, classifications and record keeping."

In one matter, a restaurant in an Adelaide CBD dining precinct was issued with two infringement notices for failing to meet record-keeping and payslip requirements, including not issuing pay slips to its workers.

The employer was provid-ed with extensive guidance on record-keeping requirements and advised to expect a follow up audit by the FWO.

"With penalties for record-keeping breaches recently increasing, it is imperative that businesses ensure they are meeting these obligations or risk hefty fines.

Employers and employees seeking assistance can visit www.fairwork.gov.au or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. An interpreter service is available on 13 14 50. Infor-mation on the website can be translated into 40 languages.

 

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