Fair Work Inspectors target 200 Ipswich Businesses

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will target 200 Ipswich businesses in Queensland as part of a new campaign.

Fair Work Inspectors will audit time-and-wage records of randomly selected businesses in the manufacturing, hospitality and retail sectors, as well as a range of other industries.

The Fair Work Ombudsman says it recovered $190,000 for 44 workers in the Ipswich region in the 2015-16 financial year and the region has a high unemployment rate and a high proportion of young workers.

Fair Work Inspectors will check that employers are paying the correct minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, allowances and loadings and providing appropriate meal breaks.

Compliance with record-keeping and pay-slip obligations will also being checked.

Do you know your legal obligations?

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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