The lead up to Christmas is often a busy time, with many employers managing extended trading hours or trying to finalise projects or tasks before the holidays. This may result in employees being required to work longer hours or on weekends.
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Fair Work Ombudsman audit
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) recently conducted an audit of businesses throughout the eastern states of Australia which found that found that 72% of the businesses had breached workplace laws. The audit resulted in the recovery of $471,904 for 616 workers across the 234 businesses audited. The most common breach was an underpayment of hourly rates, followed by non-existent or inadequate employment records.
“72% of businesses had breached workplace laws”
Under the Fair Work Act 2009 and the Fair Work Regulations 2009, Australian employers are required to keep records in relation to each of their employees