The Fair Work Ombudsman will be auditing up to 125 businesses in Adelaide’s CBD and North Adelaide over the next three months as part of a new campaign targeting cafes, restaurants, pubs, taverns and bars.
Inspectors will be checking that employers are paying the correct minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, allowances and loadings as well as ensuring that record-keeping and pay-slip obligations have been met.
“It’s important we check that workers are being paid correctly, but we also want to be pro-active about ensuring employers understand their obligations,” says Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James.
“Inspectors will make dozens of face-to-face visits to businesses during the campaign so they can offer employers tailored assistance to rectify any non-compliance issues and put processes in place to ensure they get it right in the future.”
In addition to the audit of businesses in Adelaide, Fair Work will also be randomly auditing hospitality businesses within Melbourne’s Dandenong region.
James says that the Agency has received repeated requests for assistance from workers in the Dandenong region, and that one of the aims of the program is to ensure that employers are aware of their workplace responsibilities.