Workplace compliance on the rise

09 November, 2018 by
Annabelle Cloros

The Fair Work Ombudsman has released the National Compliance Monitoring report which found businesses across Australia, including food and drink outlets, are meeting workplace obligations.

Fair Work re-audited 479 businesses in vulnerable industries and found 62 per cent of employers had stepped up to the plate.

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“Once we have identified employers who are breaching the law, we assist them to rectify the situation, educate them about their workplace obligations and provide them with the tools to manage their employees’ pay and entitlements,” says Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker.

“We regularly follow up with businesses to ensure they have made the necessary changes to comply with workplace laws. This activity confirms that most employers respond well to initial contact, and we are having a significant impact on long-term behavioural change.”

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However, inspectors issued 16 compliance notices, 56 infringement notices and 88 formal cautions during the campaign. Fair Work also recovered $244,246 for workers.

Melbourne fast food business Xin Long Pty Ltd entered into an Enforceable Undertaking, focused on ongoing behavioural change, following underpayments and record-keeping breaches.

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The operator underpaid 18 staff over $46,000 with employees paid a flat rate of $17 per hour.

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