The Fair Work Ombudsman is targeting 200 regional NSW businesses in New England and North West as part of its latest campaign checking businesses’ compliance with Australian employment laws.
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.
The region ranks fifth nationally in terms of the proportion of requests for assistance to the Fair Work Ombudsman from workers aged over 55.
Businesses across a range of industries will be audited, including those in the agriculture, forestry and fishing; construction; manufacturing; accommodation and food services; and retail.
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.
Fair Work Inspectors are also auditing 1000 businesses across Australia to check compliance as part of another campaign.
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