Ensure your business is meeting statutory employment obligations with the MTA WA’s Industrial Relations Compliance Audit Service. Don’t be caught out by the Fair Work Ombudsman audits in 2017 and be forced to pay huge penalties and fines that could have been avoided.
The Fair Work Ombudsman will be focusing on young workers including juniors and apprentices, visa workers such as those on 457 visas and working holidays; service, retail and manufacturing type businesses and franchise businesses such as Caltex in 2017.
Penalties are severe ranging from $10,200 for each director and $51,200 for each business.
The industrial relations audit will focus on a number of areas including:
- Pay slips and record keeping.
- Correct wage rates and classifications, week night and weekend penalties, overtime rates, public holiday pay.
- Allowances and loadings.
- Meal break provisions.
- Annual leave and personal leave payments.
- Workers engaged as part time or casuals to ensure compliance with the award.
- Payments for juniors and apprentices.
- Visa such as 457 and 417 workers.
- Are you compliant with your enterprise agreement or contract of employment.
- Review of employment terms and conditions.
- The audit will take approximately 5 hours and will look at a small sample of your employee files.
- Member: $487 incl GST
- Non Member: $795 incl GST
If additional time is required to complete the audit, a fee of $125 per hour will be applied.
Download registration flyer here and return to MTA WA.
Real Life Examples
Case One - Young Workers
A Queensland building and construction company and its director are facing court over allegations they short-changed two young apprentices more than $32,000.
The business underpaid two young apprentice carpenters $32,450 for work performed on construction sites in Brisbane between September 2013 and June 2015.
Fair Work Ombudsman commenced its investigation and the business refused to back pay and is now facing severe breaches of workplace laws.
Note: The Federal Court should fine this business the maximum penalty.
Case Two - Payroll Mistake
Payroll can make mistakes by paying wrong rates or overtime, costing substantial monies in overpayments. When was your payroll or bookkeeping service last audited?
A business engaged three different bookkeeping services over an 18 month period to be responsible for payment of wages. Unfortunately, the business was audited by Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) and was found to have been underpaying workers by $40,000. The business was unaware of this and was held responsible by FWO to not only backpay workers but had to enter into an Enforcement Undertaking.
Note: The previous bookkeeping services had made the mistake and seriously placed the business in a dangerous financial situation.