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Australia wide campaign to protect apprentices

UnderpaymentsMay 18, 2015

Australia wide campaign to protect apprentices (Last Updated On: May 18, 2015)

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has warned Australian employers that up to 700 businesses will be audited over the next three months. It has been revealed by the FWO that Employers of first-year apprentices in the automotive, electrical services, manufacturing, butchery and bakery trades do not have the best track record when it comes to their employment obligations.

The most recent data shows that there are over 400,000 apprentices and trainees currently working across the country. Unfortunately many of these young Australians will fail to complete their apprenticeship. There is currently a 50% dropout rate. According to the FWO this is due to “poor working conditions, low wages or because apprentices are unhappy with on-the-job-training”.

In the last year alone 1,400 apprentices and trainees, predominantly under the age of 24, sought help from the Fair Work Ombudsman. The requests for support enabled the FWO to collect information from these apprentices. This collected data has resulted in the FWO swinging into action to protect apprentices and make sure that employers are properly meeting their obligations.

The FWO will be checking that employers are keeping proper records of payslips, monitoring minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, overtime, allowances and loadings. The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Deputy, Michael Campbell, says due to the stream of requests the national compliance campaign is warranted.

Employers of apprentices need to ensure that they are meeting their obligations under the Fair Work Act. If you are unsure if you are currently meeting your employment obligations call Employsure. Employsure can implement the correct policies and procedures to ensure that you are compliant. Employsure can provide your business with the support and reassurance which in turn will aid the employment relationship with apprentices and change the current statistics for the better. Call Employsure today on 1300 651 415.

Sourced: FWO website and Sydney Morning Herald.

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