Sa Fast-food Sector Targeted For 200 Random Audits

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Media Release





    7 Feb 2010


SA fast-food sector targeted for 200 random

audits and educational visits


The Fair Work Ombudsman has signalled plans to step up scrutiny of South

Australian fast-food and take-away businesses.


It has put major fast-food franchises, fish and chip stores, pizza shops and take-

away outlets on notice that they will be subject to random audits.


Inspectors from Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Port Augusta will conduct the face-

to-face visits over the next four months.


They are expected to make surprise calls to about 200 employers.


The visits will begin in Adelaide and surrounding suburbs then follow in the

regional towns of Victor Harbor, Goolwa, Murray Bridge, Whyalla, Port

Augusta, Port Pirie, Mt Gambier, Millicent and Robe.


Employers will be asked to open their books to inspectors so they can check if

staff are being paid correctly.


The audits will focus on employers’ record-keeping and pay slips to ensure they

are complying with their legal obligations.


Fair Work inspectors will also provide information and advice to employers.


Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the visits will

help ensure the community understands its rights and obligations in the

workplace.


Mr Campbell says the industry has been targeted because of the high number of

complaints it is generating.


He says in cases where records are not up to scratch or indicate workers are

being underpaid, inspectors may launch a wider investigation.


“Where we find records are not adequate or identify other non-compliance issues,

we will provide information and assistance to employers and request they

voluntarily rectify any problems,” Mr Campbell said.













“In cases where they don’t, or where we suspect deliberate underpayments or

other serious breaches have occurred, we may launch a full audit which could

lead to court proceedings.”


The maximum penalty for a breach of workplace law is $33,000. 



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Mr Campbell says the one-on-one visits aim to ensure South Australian employers

understand their obligations to their employees.


“And it is important regional workers along with their city counterparts

understand there is an Agency they can turn to if they have workplace concerns.

Complaints can be made confidentially and anonymously,” he said.


The Fair Work Ombudsman has a range of user-friendly resources that can help

employers comply with workplace laws and operate their business according to

best practice.


Likewise, there are resources to assist employees understand their rights in the

workplace. 


In addition to the fast-food audits, the Fair Work Ombudsman will conduct 5000

Transitional Educational Visits (TEVs) during 2010 to assist South Australian small

to medium size businesses coming into new national workplace relations system

for the first time. 


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. 


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

workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national

workplace laws.



Media inquiries: 


Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations, 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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