Fair Work Inspectors target Wide Bay region

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a media release advising that it will target over 200 business in the Wide Bay region.

Fair Work Inspectors will audit businesses across a variety of industries in Bundaberg, Gympie, Maryborough, Hervey Bay and surrounding areas.

Fair Work Inspectors will check 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 monitored during the campaign.

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has been contacted by hundreds of workers in the region over the past two financial years alleging that they have been underpaid. In the last two financial years the FWO has recovered $402,805 for 220 workers in the Wide Bay region.

The Wide Bay region has a high unemployment rate and a high youth unemployment rate, making workers in the region more vulnerable to exploitation and potentially more willing to accept sub-standard work practices.

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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