Are you at risk of non-compliance?
This week the following disturbing report from the Fair Work Ombudsman confirmed that businesses are still not getting their staff payment obligations correct resulting in both extensive fines as well as thousands of dollars in back pay where errors have been detected.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has announced that a record $532 million in unpaid wages and entitlements was recovered for more than 384,000 workers in 2021-22.
The recoveries sum was more than three times that of last year’s record and benefitted five times the number of workers across the nation.
Deputy Fair Work Ombudsman – Policy and Communication Kristen Hannah announced the figures in a speech at the Policy-Influence-Reform (PIR) conference in Canberra this afternoon and said they were good news for workers and compliant businesses.
“The Fair Work Ombudsman’s strengthened compliance and enforcement approach have seen another record amount of back paid wages for Australian workers in the last financial year,” Ms Hannah said.
“This is a great result for the workers who have been reunited with their withheld wages, and also for the businesses that pay correctly and are no longer at a disadvantage as a result.”
More than half of the recoveries – almost $279 million – came from large corporate employers.
“This is the result of the sustained hard work that our agency has done to create an environment that encourages large corporates to prioritise compliance,” Ms Hannah said.
The Fair Work Ombudsman currently has about 50 investigations underway into businesses that have self-reported underpayments, including some of Australia’s largest companies.
In 2021-22, the federal workplace regulator filed a record 137 litigations, part of efforts to hold to account employers who had allegedly breached workplace laws. This was an almost doubling of the number of new matters put into court the year before.
New litigations included those against the Commonwealth Bank and Commsec, and Coles Supermarkets, which are ongoing.
Are you sure you are fully Compliant?
At APAN we continue to provide personalised assistance in helping businesses ensure they are fully compliant with their staff payments or contractual obligations.
Our resource documents include Workplace Agreements, HR Policies and Procedures as well as different Contracts for both contractual arrangements, as well as appropriate contracts for hiring a room within your premises.
These documents have been legally written to ensure all the elements of Fair Work compliance are fully met and are available as templates.
This is not an area in which your business should not take any risks.
Thousands of businesses have achieved peace of mind by accessing a legally written resource document. At a small fee, you can secure ownership of the appropriate template that has been legally written. Additionally, APAN can also provide you with guidance on how to implement your staff agreements and contracts.
We also provide you with updates on the Wage Awards and if you still require direct legal advice, we can also introduce you to our lawyers for further assistance.
If you are not sure if you are compliant, please check the APAN resource documents on our website here
You can also phone APAN on 07 55930360 and speak to us for further assistance.