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The Fair Work Ombudsman is squeezing the lime

Seasonal WorkersDecember 2, 2014

The Fair Work Ombudsman is squeezing the lime (Last Updated On: December 2, 2014)

The Fair Work Ombudsman will be checking in on more than 120 businesses this week in South Australia on the Limestone Coast. Inspectors will have face-to-face visits with business owners in three main towns: Mount Gambier, Naracoorte and Millicent.

The main focus of the inspections will be to answer questions business owners have about pay, working conditions and other aspects of workplace laws. The inspectors will be conducting their inspections across a number of industries including transport, retail, accommodation, cafes and restaurants. Coming into the summer holidays this tourist hub will be hiring seasonal staff and business owners need to be diligent to ensure that everything is done by the book.

When the FWO comes in once it is more than likely that they will be back to investigate businesses – after initial inspections business owners will be expected to be fully aware of their legal obligations. If they are found not to abide by workplace laws they will be issued fines and will have to take part in mandatory employment relations training. However if business owners have this knowledge and have clearly set out policies and procedures for their staff to follow they will be less likely to be targeted for further investigations and possible fines later down the track.

The initiative of The Fair Work Ombudsman’s investigations is to look out for the welfare of employees to ensure that they receive the minimum entitlements and identify employers who fail to provide this to staff. These include minimum hourly rates, meal breaks, and penalty rates for weekend, overtime and public holiday work and shift work loading.

These pay rates go hand in hand with proper record keeping and the provision of pay slips. Employers can often believe that they have the correct processes in place when in actual fact they don’t. Paying your staff under the correct modern award can be confusing, and ensuring that you have the correct paper work to show can be a lot of extra work for small to medium businesses without a HR department.

If you would like to be prepared for when the Fair Work Ombudsman comes knocking on the door of your business call Employsure today. We can help you by implementing the correct employment policies and procedures so that you can avoid paying ghastly fines which can have detrimental effects on your business. Call us now on 1300 651 415 or fill in the form below.

*information sourced via the Fair Work Ombudsman Website.

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