Bundaberg clubs get random audits

THE Fair Work Ombudsman has targeted clubs for a second round of random audits, after inspectors found less than a third were complying with workplace laws last year.

The latest investigations into north and central Queensland clubs by the federal ombudsman recouped $206,000 for 1100 employees of 59 clubs.

Overall, the Bundaberg-Gladstone region fared better than other parts of the state, with $9500 recovered for 55 workers

The 2008 campaign recovered $141,000 from 52 clubs, which had underpaid 890 of their staff.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive-Director Michael Campbell said the result of the latest audit was disturbing, with 59 of the 80 clubs audited, or 74%, non-compliant, and should serve as a wake-up call to employers to double-check they are meeting their legal obligations to their workforce.

“We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with employers to educate them and help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues we identify,” Mr Campbell said.

“Fortunately in this latest campaign, the clubs have co-operated and all outstanding entitlements have been voluntarily reimbursed to employees.”

More information on the topic can be found on 13 13 94, or go to www.fairwork.gov.au for Best Practice Guides, fact sheets and templates.



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