Wimmera-mallee Campaign Results Released

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Media Release

    25 Oct 2010

Wimmera-Mallee campaign results released

The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the results of random audits of

hairdressing salons in Victoria’s Wimmera-Mallee region.

Fair Work inspectors targeted salons in Boort, Donald, Hopetoun, Horsham,

Kerang and Mincha.

Salon operators were provided with educative materials about national workplace

laws, including Modern Awards and National Employment Standards.

Eight businesses were audited. Seven of these were found to be underpaying

some of their staff.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says inspectors

discovered nine employees had been underpaid a total of $6025.

They had been underpaid their minimum hourly rates, weekend and overtime

rates, allowances and annual leave pay.

Five of the seven salons also had record-keeping and/or pay slip contraventions.

Mr Campbell says it is pleasing that all employers co-operated with inspectors and

voluntarily reimbursed their staff.

“Inspectors assisted employers to put processes in place to ensure these

breaches are not repeated in future,” he said.

Mr Campbell says the high rate of non-compliance within a small sample of

businesses is a concern and the Fair Work Ombudsman will conduct further

educative and compliance activities in the Wimmera-Mallee region in future.

He says the campaign has helped increase awareness among both employers and

employees of the role of the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a range of user-friendly resources on its website

Resources for small business include an industry specific web-page for the hair

and beauty sector, payslip and record-keeping templates, a self-audit checklist,

template letters and fact sheets on dozens of topics including leave, industrial

action, public holidays, enterprise bargaining, gender pay equality and family-

friendly workplaces.

As well as Online resources, the Fair Work Ombudsman has advisers available to

speak with employers and workers with questions on its Fair Work Infoline on 13

13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays.

Media inquiries: Ryan Pedler, Senior Media Adviser, (03) 9954 2561, 0411 430 902.


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