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Fair Work Ombudsman: targeted campaign – Textile, clothing and footwear industry

July 25, 2016


If you are operating a textile, clothing and footwear business in Australia, the Fair Work Ombudsman is targeting you.

In a bid to crack down on non-compliance with workplace laws, the Fair Work Ombudsman will be auditing 365 textile, clothing and footwear businesses in the second phase of their national campaign.

As yourself:

  1. Am I paying the correct hourly rates?
  2. Am I aware of penalties payable under the relevant Modern Award or Enterprise Agreement?
  3. Do I know the allowances and loadings that my employees are entitled to – am I paying them?
  4. Am I giving my employees the correct breaks in accordance with the Award or Enterprise Agreement?

If you answered ‘no’ or ‘not sure’ to any of the above, you are likely to come unstuck in the Ombudsman’s campaign. Take this as your word of warning – they are targeting businesses like yours, it is time to get compliant!

So what’s the big deal about non-compliance?

Non-compliance with Modern Award and Enterprise Agreements carry significant penalties and fines, with underpayments being able to extend back as far as 6 years.

If you’re concerned you might have slipped up with employee entitlements over the last 6 years, call us today to arrange a compliance audit of your business.

For more information on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s targeted campaigns and what this means for you, clients should contact the HR Assured team. If you’d like more information about the benefits of becoming an HR Assured client contact us today for an informal chat.