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The Fair Work Ombudsman is writing to more than 7,000 pharmacies across Australia as part of a new national education and compliance campaign.
follow the prescription
The campaign aims to promote the range of free tools, templates and advice the Fair Work Ombudsman makes available to employers to help them comply with workplace laws.
It comes after the industry generated almost 200 complaints between July 2010 and September 2012 and more than 2,300 calls to the Fair Work Infoline last year.
Fair Work Ombudsman, Nicholas Wilson said key stakeholders, including employer groups and unions, had been briefed on the campaign and were helping to promote its objectives to their members.
“This campaign provides a great opportunity for employers to improve their awareness and understanding of workplace laws,” Mr Wilson said.
He said in April up to 400 privately owned pharmacies would be selected from across all states and territories to be audited, with Fair Work inspectors to check employers were paying pharmacists and pharmacy assistants in line with minimum wage rates, penalty rates, overtime and minimum hours of engagement.
He said inspectors would also check employers were complying with record-keeping and pay slip obligations.
The new national campaign follows a 2011 campaign, focusing on the pharmacy sector in Queensland, which recovered $194,000 in back-pay for more than 1,300 underpaid employees.
Edition 346, 29 January 2013