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Construction industry to face audits

Minimum WageOctober 17, 2014

Construction industry to face audits (Last Updated On: August 9, 2016)

The Fair Work Ombudsman will be investigating the construction industry in the coming weeks as part of their National Campaign. Investigators will inspect hundreds of workplaces to ensure that employers are correctly paying their employees. Up to 700 construction businesses in each state, both commercial and residential, will be randomly inspected. If you want to ensure that your business is in accordance with workplace laws, Employsure is your answer.

The Fair Work Ombudsman will check employers are paying their staff correct rates, this includes minimum hourly rates, penalty rates and overtime. Tax and superannuation obligations will also be reviewed. All employers need to abide by these wage responsibilities, if found they have breached these obligations fines will be issued. Employers who do wrong by their employees will have to formally apologise, back pay all staff involved and undergo training and commit to promise absolute conformity to all workplace legislation.

Investigators have the right to issue on the sport fines of up to $2550.

Apprentice exploitation in the construction industry is a main focus in the investigations. The Fair Work Ombudsman will be on the lookout to protect vulnerable trainees who may not be aware of their rights. Employers of apprentices must be able to provide investigators with complete records including payslips to show that they have followed workplace laws.

Last year the Fair Work Ombudsman received more than 2000 complaints from employees in the construction industry. Inspections found that 50% of these complaints were valid and employers were reprimanded for failing to follow The Fair Work Act.

If you have any niggling feeling that you may be investigated or you are unsure if you are fully compliant with workplace laws call Employsure today on 1300 651 415. We can equip you with the safeguards to ensure that you not only pay your employees correctly but also meet all workplace laws and obligations. Employsure makes it easy for employers to follow and understand the Fair Work Act, we are ready to take you call.

*Information sourced via The Daily Examiner website.

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