Over 50% of Central Queensland employers breaching Fair Work laws

The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of a recent campaign in Central Queensland.

Fair Work inspectors made spot checks of 232 businesses in and around Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Gladstone, Biloela, Emerald and Blackwater.

They found that:

  • * 51% were not compliant with all their workplace responsibilities,
  • * 31% were not paying their staff correctly, and
  • * 30% were not compliant with record-keeping and pay-slip obligations.

Seventy two businesses were asked to back-pay a total of $110,087 to 316 of their employees who had been short-changed.

One employer was issued with a formal Letter of Caution, putting it on notice that future contraventions of workplace law could result in enforcement action.

The campaign was conducted in response to an increase in requests for assistance from employees in Central Queensland.

Businesses audited were across a number of industries, including the accommodation sector, hair and beauty services and earthmoving.

Larger businesses had a higher compliance rate than smaller businesses.

Source: FWO Media Release 22/8/2016

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Source: FWO Media Release 29 June 2016