Employer compliance targeted in $21m NSW IR Budget

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Employer compliance targeted in $21m NSW IR Budget

The NSW Budget has allocated $21 million for IR in the next financial year, with an emphasis on compliance inspections targeting areas such as road transport, cafes and restaurants, retail, rural industries, contractors and apprentices.

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The NSW Budget has allocated $21 million for IR in the next financial year, with an emphasis on compliance inspections targeting areas such as road transport, cafes and restaurants, retail, rural industries, contractors and apprentices.

Other priorities will include:

  • an extensive community relations program to help vulnerable workers understand their rights in the workplace;
  • targeted workplace audits to protect the employment rights of vulnerable workers, including young people and workers from non-English speaking backgrounds, particularly in relation to unpaid trial work and minimum pay;
  • greater assistance to small and medium business-owners, through expanded telephone and on-line advisory services.

Competing fairly

The Minister for Industrial Relations, John Della Bosca, said that to ensure businesses are competing fairly, more than 100 inspectors will visit 12,000 workplaces, protecting the rights and entitlements of more than 75,000 employees during the next year.

'These campaigns are very effective in protecting the rights of vulnerable workers,' he said. 'Since 1 July 2005, the Office of Industrial Relations has recovered more than $3.1 million in back pay and entitlements for workers across NSW from 1800 employers.'

The 2007 NSW Budget allocation includes $9 million for compliance activities and $6.5 million for the provision of information and assistance to employers.

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