Fair Work to hit the slopesThe Fair Work Ombudsman is to target the Victorian and NSW snowfields this week as part of a new campaign to ensure employees are receiving their correct wages.
Fair Work Inspectors will conduct face-to-face audits of 80 businesses including about 50 in Victoria (at Mt Buller, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Dinner Plains and Mt Baw Baw<) and about 30 in NSW (at Jindabyne, Thredbo and Perisher).
The snowfields will also face further checks over the next two years when inspectors visit in 2014 and 2015 as part of a concerted three-year campaign to ensure businesses are complying with workplace laws.
They will check employers are paying staff correctly, maintaining appropriate records and providing employees with pay slips, with visits to focus on any business operating in the snowfields regions, not just those associated with the resorts.
Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James said the education and compliance campaign aimed to ensure the many transient snowfields workers were receiving their full entitlements.
“Many snowfields employees are young or foreign workers, such as working holiday makers, who can be vulnerable if they’re not fully aware of their entitlements, so it’s important we ensure they are being paid correctly,” Ms James said.
She said the campaign also provided a great opportunity for employers to improve their understanding of workplace laws and ensure they had processes in place to comply with their workplace obligations from season to season.
“Where inspectors identify issues such as underpayments to staff, we will work with individual employers to help them voluntarily rectify issues and put processes in place to ensure they get it right in the future,” she said.
“A key role of the Fair Work Ombudsman is to help employers understand and meet their obligations.”
Edition 376, 27 August 2013