Fair Work Act compliance audits of 125 businesses across the Adelaide CBD and surrounding suburbs have found 45 per cent to be non-compliant with Australia’s workplace laws.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has today released the findings of its compliance and education campaign targeting businesses in the Adelaide CBD, North Adelaide, Norwood, Kent Town and Brompton.
Checks of businesses’ time and wage records found that 36 (29 per cent) of audited businesses were not paying their employees correctly, while 29 (23 per cent) had breached their record keeping and payslip requirements.
As a result of the audits, $54,701 in wages and entitlements was recovered for 113 workers.
Inspectors issued seven formal cautions, six infringement notices (on-the-spot fines) and three compliance notices to non-compliant businesses.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the checks were prompted by comparatively high numbers of requests for assistance from the area in the years preceding the campaign, with numbers of requests from Adelaide, Norwood and Brompton amongst the highest in the state.
“As well as identifying instances of non-compliance, our campaign activities provide an opportunity to deliver targeted education to employers and employees about their workplace rights and obligations and equip them with the tools and information they need to ensure they are complying with the law,” Ms James says.
“The findings in this campaign reinforce the reason why we recently commenced the National Workplace Basics Campaign, as there are still too many employers simply not getting the basics right when it comes to ‘bread and butter’ issues such as pay rates, classifications and record keeping.”
“Keeping correct employment records and providing payslips are basic workplace obligations that every employer should be aware of,” Ms James says.
“With penalties for record-keeping breaches recently increasing, it is imperative that businesses ensure they are meeting these obligations or risk hefty fines.
“I urge businesses to ensure they are up-to-date on their obligations and avail themselves of the wide range of free resources available from the Fair Work Ombudsman to ensure they are complying with workplace laws.
“We will be following up with businesses found to be non-compliant to ensure that they have rectified their issues and are doing the right thing going forward. We will not hesitate to take enforcement action where we find serious or deliberate breaches of workplace laws.”