Bendigo businesses should expect a visit from the Fair Work Ombudsman (“FWO”) in 2017.
The FWO conducts random audits of employment records as part of regional or industry-specific campaigns. It has been some years since Bendigo was targeted by the FWO.
During 2016 the FWO conducted random audits of many regional locations, including 200 businesses in each of Shepparton (November) and Ballarat (December) regions as part of a series of nationwide random audits. The results of the audits will be published in the coming months.
Previous audit results published by the FWO suggest that compliance in regional areas including Bendigo remains low:
An alarming 55% of businesses were not complying with all workplace laws. Small business compliance was particularly poor with only 39% of businesses being fully compliant.
The FWO has previously identified many sizeable underpayments by Bendigo businesses including:
All of the above matters came to the FWO’s attention as a result of complaints made by employees or audits conducted as part of industry-specific campaigns.
Robertson Hyetts can provide assistance in identifying the correct awards, drafting contracts, employment policies and responding to the FWO in relation to complaints, audits and litigation. Speak to our employment law team, Jessica Duff and Tessa Mead today on 03 5434 6666.