One in three businesses breaking workplace laws: Ombudsman

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One in three businesses breaking workplace laws: Ombudsman

Almost one in three businesses on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula are not complying with workplace laws, a random audit by the Fair Work Ombudsman has found.

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Almost one in three businesses on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula are not complying with workplace laws, a random audit by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has found.
 
Ombudsman inspectors checked the books of 81 retail and light-industry employers between Seaford, Carrum Downs and Rosebud.
 
Record-keeping
 
The audits uncovered breaches by 24 employers — or 30% — relating mainly to non-compliance with record-keeping and pay slip requirements.
 
Fair Work Ombudsman Victorian Director Rhonda Murray says three employers were found to have underpaid four workers a total of $2567.
 
She said the Victorian office has a rolling program to randomly scrutinise employers in shopping centres and industrial parks.
 
As well, more than 20% of 386 employers recently audited at Southland, Chadstone and Dandenong were found not to be compliant with their legal obligations.
 
Underpaid $18,000
 
Fair Work inspectors also discovered underpayments of almost $18,000 for 18 employees.
 
Murray said her office distributed information packs to more than 100 employers on the Mornington Peninsula before door-knocking businesses.
 
She said the level of compliance is encouraging, as was the willingness of those with breaches to voluntarily rectify them immediately.
 
Murray said the exercise provided a good opportunity for the FWO to inform and educate employers about their responsibilities.
 
‘It also helped to increase awareness among the workforce that they do have workplace rights and there is an Agency charged with enforcing them,’ she said.
 
Workers and employers alike can contact the FWO Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit the FWO website for assistance.
 
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