Esperance Businesses Targeted For Audit

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Media Release





   7 Dec 2009


Esperance businesses targeted for audit


A number of Esperance businesses will be asked to open their books to scrutiny

by the Fair Work Ombudsman.


The regulator today announced plans to randomly check 15 local employers

before Christmas.


Fair Work inspectors have earmarked the hospitality, retail, engineering and

mining industries. 


Audits will focus on employees’ wages and conditions to ensure employers are

complying with their legal obligations to staff.


Fair Work Ombudsman WA Director Leigh Quealy says inspectors will scrutinise

employment records over the next few weeks.


“In cases where records are not up to scratch or indicate workers are being

underpaid, inspectors may launch a wider investigation,” he said.


Mr Quealy says inspectors will provide businesses with assistance and information

to help them voluntarily rectify any issues.


“In cases where an employer refuses to co-operate or where we suspect serious,

deliberate or continued breaches of national workplace law, we may choose to

launch court proceedings,” he said.


Mr Quealy says the Fair Work Ombudsman can help employers to understand

their current obligations – as well as those under new National Employment

Standards and Modern Awards which come into effect from January 1, 2010.


The Esperance campaign aims to raise awareness of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s

role and to educate employees and employers alike about their respective

workplace rights and obligations.


The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative

workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national

workplace laws.


Employers or employees seeking assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline

on 13 13 94 or visit www.fairwork.gov.au For translations call 13 14 50.


Media inquiries: 


Craig Bildstien, 0419 818 484. craig.bildstien@fwo.gov.au


Ryan Pedler, (03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924. ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au






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