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31/1/2018

The Fair Work Ombudsman will audit at least 200 businesses across outer west Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Wollondilly in its latest compliance campaign.

Targeted areas include Penrith, Springwood, Picton and Katoomba.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is targeting regional hotspots of non-compliance, with the outer west Sydney and Blue Mountains region reporting high numbers of young workers in workplace disputes.

Wollondilly accounts for the highest number per 1,000 businesses of anonymous reports received by the Fair Work Ombudsman in New South Wales, and ranks second highest in terms of requests for assistance.

Fair Work inspectors will check that employers are complying with their legal obligations. Including paying employees their lawful minimum wages and entitlements under the Fair Work Act, National Employment Standards and relevant Modern Awards.

Inspectors will also check compliance with record-keeping and pay-slip obligations.

Audits will cover a cross-section of industries, including but not limited to construction, retail, manufacturing and accommodation and food services.

The Fair Work Ombudsman said that young workers are vulnerable to underpayment and poor working conditions due to their lack of experience and awareness of rights.

The maximum penalties for failing to keep employee records or issue pay slips have doubled to $63,000 for a company and $12,600 for an individual, and the maximum penalty for knowingly making or keeping false or misleading employee records has tripled to $12,600 for an individual.

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