The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) recently announced their compliance priority areas for the 2019/2020 year. The FWO’s priority areas are generally the target industries and/or types of employment which the FWO will focus on for compliance during the year. Read more to know if you’re in their sights …
What does this mean?
The FWO will focus on the following, as part of their compliance crack-down next financial year:
- Fast food, restaurants and cafes;
- Horticulture and the harvest trail;
- Supply chain risks;
- Sham contracting;
- Vulnerable workers;
- Matters of significant public interest (such as a blatant disregard for the law);
- Matters that are of a significant scale or impact on workers or the community and can test the law or use new laws.
The FWO has clearly stated that it will not hesitate in “naming and shaming” employers who break the law to get the message out that it is not acceptable to underpay workers or deprive them of their entitlements.
What do you need to do?
In light of this announcement, employers:
- who are in the fast food, restaurant and horticulture industriesshould review employee records particularly relating to wages and entitlements to ensure employees are receiving what they are entitled to;
- who engage contractors,ensure that it is a true contractor arrangement and not an employment relationship;
- who engage vulnerable workers(particularly those who may be visa overstayers, on visas or speak limited English) should check these workers are receiving the correct wages and entitlements in addition to working the hours as lawfully required by their visa;
- should take this time to review wages and entitlements for all employeeswho are award covered to ensure they are prepared to implement 3% pay increase from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2019;
- need ensure those employees who are award freeare receiving at least $740.80 per week (based on a 38 hour week) from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2019.
Need help or support?
Employers are strongly advised to seek advice if they are uncertain of any of the above. Chat to one of our Seed experts here.