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You Can’t Cut Corners On Compliance.

Published February 05, 2018 (last updated June 26, 2020) -
Non-Compliant Business At Risk

Please note that the statistics provided below are relevant as of 05/02/18. For updated information on the FWO, please visit our latest guide here.

Compliance issues like underpayments, record keeping failures, fatigue management, unpaid training, and overtime loom large in the news.

Non-compliant businesses a target for FWO.

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has pursued non-compliant business, in fact, between 2016-17 the FWO received over 26,000 requests for assistance regarding a workplace dispute. Further, the FWO has announced increased intelligence gathering and analysis to identify suspected non-compliant businesses for auditing.

Compliance with workplace laws is much more than just a box-ticking exercise. Your workplace must be governed by workplace policies and workforce management practices which ensure your workplace is fair and safe. Businesses that look at compliance simply as a ‘get it done’ job must change their mindset. For some businesses, it is a lack of formal processes or inadequate technology which is causing the oversight of regulations. For others, failure to understand the complex Australian laws and how they are applied in different industries can be a factor. But some businesses are simply taking shortcuts to save time and money without considering the bigger picture and the risks to their employees and business brand.

Long lasting benefits.

The likelihood of a brand-damaging workplace breach is a real risk to business. There are complex rules, regulations, Awards and Agreements to grapple with as well as the fact humans are not exactly a science.

Failing to comply can also affect the well-being of employees and can even have flow-on impacts on customers. Workers who are fatigued can put themselves in danger and those without current qualifications and training to undertake the job at hand can leave a business exposed to large fines. Good Employers take an active interest in employee mental and physical health and in creating work/life balance to protect and invest in their employees. The benefits of this go beyond complying with workplace regulations and can increase engagement, productivity, lead to greater job satisfaction, and build stronger retention rates.

What can employers do?

Taking a proactive approach to compliance can ensure your business is protected. Stay up to date with:

  • all documentation (including Company policies, procedures and contracts)
  • Modern Award updates and changes to Australian Standards / Safe Work Codes of Practice
  • employee entitlements
  • legislative changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 and state specific Health and Safety legislation
  • record keeping needs (contained in the Fair Work Regulations 2009 and applicable tax legislation)
  • risk assessments and continuous improvement, especially when adding new workstations or machinery

We recommend scheduling an annual compliance review to ensure no important areas are neglected. Contact Employsure on 1300 651 415 for further advice, or to book a consultation.

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