Towns in Central Queensland will be paid a visit by the Fair Work Ombudsman in the coming weeks as part of a campaign to educate employers of their obligations under federal workplace laws.
Businesses in the towns of Biloela, Blackwater, Emerald, Gladstone, Rockhampton and Yeppoon. can expect to receive a visit from Fair Work inspectors.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the aim of the visit is to, “ensure employers are aware of their workplace responsibilities and how her Agency can assist businesses to access, understand and apply information to build a culture of compliance.”
“It’s important we check that workers are receiving their correct entitlements, but we also want to be pro-active about ensuring employers in this region understand their obligations,” Ms James said.
The industry sectors that will be targeted by inspectors include road freight transport, accommodation, hairdressing, beauty services, security and cleaning.
Inspectors will be primarily concerned with ensuring employers are paying the correct minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, allowances and loadings and are providing meal breaks.
Compliance with record-keeping and pay slip obligations will also be monitored.
Online tools include calculators to determine the correct wages for employees, templates for time-and-wages records, an online learning centre and My Account, which enables employers and employees to save tailored information on pay and conditions for their workplace.
Employers and employees seeking assistance can also contact the Fair Work Ombudsman via the website or by calling the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. An interpreter service is also available by calling 13 14 50.
Small business employers calling the Fair Work Infoline can opt to receive priority service via the Small Business Helpline.