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WORKPLACE AUDITS COMING FOR THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

If you are a business which operates a pub or bar or provides accommodation you may have recently received a letter from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) as part of a new national education and compliance campaign. More than 25,000 businesses are being contacted.

The campaign is promoting the range of free tools, templates and advice accessible on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website at www.fairwork.gov.au/hospitality and we encourage you to review the information available and make use of the tools provided.
For the hospitality industry it is critical to take action immediately to ensure your workplace arrangements are 100% compliant. 

The reason is the compliance element of the FWO’s campaign which will kick off early in the new year.

More than 1000 pubs, bars and accommodation providers will be asked to supply their employment records for an audit at that time.

The FWO will be checking rates of pay, penalty rates, loadings and allowances as well as ensuring compliance with record-keeping and pay slip obligations. Employers in every state and territory will be audited. This is the first stage in a three year campaign that will cover the entire hospitality industry.

During a similar campaign in 2008 Fair Work inspectors found that 36 per cent of employers were non-compliant with workplace laws and recovered a total of $1.6 million in back-pay for 4679 underpaid employees nationally.

We strongly encourage you to take the time between now and the start of 2013 to ensure your workplace obligations are being met.

If you have questions, would like us to review your current arrangements or require more detailed advice please contact the Workplace Team at Clifford Gouldson Lawyers for more information.

At that time, Fair Work inspectors found that 36 per cent of employers were non-compliant with workplace laws and recovered a total of $1.6 million in back-pay for 4679 underpaid employees nationally.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says the hospitality industry has again been selected for a national campaign because it employs hundreds of thousands of workers and generates a large number of complaints each year.

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