The Fair Work Ombudsman will target 200 businesses in South Australia’s South East region.
At least 200 businesses in and around Mount Gambier, Renmark and Murray Bridge are being audited as part of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s latest compliance campaign.
Fair Work Inspectors are checking wage and time records of a cross-section of businesses across the South Australia South East region, including those in the retail trade and accommodation and food services sectors.
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) said that with a large number of employees engaged in low-skilled work and a tightening of labour market conditions, workers in the region may experience particular vulnerabilities.
The South Australia South East region has one of the highest rates of disputes lodged by visa holders nationally.
Over the two financial years from 2014-15 to 2015-16, the FWO recovered more than $320,000 in back-pay for 179 workers in the region.
Compliance with record-keeping and pay-slip obligations will also being checked.
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Most businesses – including small businesses – are now covered by the Fair Work Act 2009.
Fair Work Inspectors appointed the Fair Work Ombudsman have the power to enter a workplace at any time to inspect records and ensure compliance.
Employers risk penalties of up to $54,000 for each breach of the Fair Work Act 2009.
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