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Record keeping and pay slip checks

Record keeping and pay slip checks

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) plans to visit businesses throughout NSWVictoriaQueenslandTasmania and the ACT to ensure they are complying with record keeping and pay slip obligations.

A total of 350 businesses will be selected for a visit.

The visits will aim to ensure employers are aware of their record-keeping obligations as inadequate records can make it difficult for Fair Work inspectors to determine if employees are being paid correctly if a dispute arises over wages.

In 2010, an Adelaide trolley collecting company and its director were fined $35,000 and the operators of a Melbourne restaurant were penalised $10,000. In both cases, the inadequate records prohibited the FWO from determining whether employees, suspected of being underpaid, had received their full lawful entitlements.

Failing to maintain correct records and issuing pay slips that contain the required information can lead to penalties.

*Information sourced via the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

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