The Fair Work Ombudsman is coming to your region
Get your business audit ready
NSW Business Chamber has been given advance notice that the Fair Work Ombudsman will be conducting an audit of businesses in the New England North West region, and has asked us to help get your house in order.
WHY ARE THEY COMING?
The purpose of their presence in the region is to conduct audits of businesses, with a focus on time and wage audits; as well as record-keeping.
These type of audits are a regular occurrence across the state to ensure businesses are complying with the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) and other Commonwealth workplace laws.
WHO ARE THEY LOOKING AT?
The Fair Work Ombudsman will be focused on a variety of industries and compliance areas as part of the campaign.
Once businesses are selected, their key focus will be on payslips and record keeping – while paying close attention to those staff members who would be classed as young or vulnerable workers.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF I AM BEING AUDITED?
You will be advised via a letter from the Fair Work Ombudsman that you have been selected for an audit.
They will ask you to supply copies of timesheets and payslips for your employees and submit those along with other requested information by 30 May 2018.
The audit consists of five steps: contact, records returned, assessment, outcome and finalisation.
ARE THEY OUT TO GET US?
The Fair Work Ombudsman exists to make sure workplace laws are upheld to protect both the employee and employer.
NSW Business Chamber will provide support to ensure our members have reduced risk, supporting you and your workplace.
We will be working with the Fair Work Ombudsman to make compliance easier to achieve for businesses in the New England North West region.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
It is important to get your house in order. As a member of the Chamber this is a simple step – I suggest you utilise your member benefits and call the Workplace Advice Line (13 29 59) to go over your current operations and check you have the right procedures in place.
What you will want to check with our workplace experts is if you are currently compliant with:
- Minimum wage
- Penalty rates
- Record keeping
- Pay slip obligations
Our Workplace Advice Line team unit is aware of your current needs to get your business in shape and have a checklist to run through with you to make sure your business is ready – just let them know this is in preparation for the audits happeing in the region.
I THINK I MAY BE AT RISK, HOW CAN I FIX IT?
In the first instance speak to our Workplace Advice Line (13 29 59), and if they think you may need some specialised assistance they can escalate you to our award-winning law firm.
To avoid heavy fines, it is best to be open and transparent with our advice line before the Fair Work Ombudsman calls. We can help you address any issues, and how to best communicate that with the solution to the Ombudsman.
The next step would be to explore further solutions that can protect your business going forward, as well as retrospectively.
I can speak to you about our workplace relations solution, Workplace Assured, to determine if it is something your business needs to ensure consistence compliance – simply call me on 0429 993 822.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
To understand what an audit looks like from the Fair Work Ombudsman, simply click here to view an infographic on the process.
WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF PENALITIES IMPOSED?
The Fair Work Ombudsman has been targeting businesses taking advantage of vulnerable workers and underpayment of staff.
To read about some recent outcomes, please click here.
FAILING TO PREPARE IS PREPARING TO FAIL
NSW Business Chamber is here to support you and your business. Get on the front foot and get your house in order by contacting us:
For advice on how to prepare and complete your compliance check:
Workplace Advice Line – 13 29 59
For information about this Fair Work Ombudsman campaign:
Joe Townsend, Regional Manager – 0429 993 822