The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced a series of targeted audits of farms and businesses in the Moreton Bay region, north of Brisbane, following anonymous reports that employers may be breaching workplace laws.
Fair Work inspectors have visited farms, labour suppliers and accommodation providers in Caboolture, Wamuran, Elimbah and the Sunshine Coast since the compliance activity began on Tuesday.
Inspectors have requested time and wage records, and completed interviews with growers, labour hire contractors and employees to check employers are paying their staff correctly, keeping and maintaining records and issuing proper payslips.
Fair Work inspectors will now assess audited businesses’ compliance with the Fair Work Act, the Horticulture Industry Award 2010 and other enterprise agreements.
Employers who fail to comply with their legal obligations under Australian employment laws risk big fines and penalties, expensive back-pay orders and damaging employee claims. Individuals also risk personal fines for accessorial liability.
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