Cash-in-hand claims prompt FWO campaign

Ombudsman targets western Tasmania following information that some employers are paying staff cash-in-hand

May 16, 2013

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) will visit 120 businesses in and around Queenstown in western Tasmania next month as part of an education and compliance campaign.

Inspectors will conduct face-to-face visits of employers in Queenstown, Rosebery, Strahan and Zeehan to check they are complying with record-keeping and pay slip obligations.

Inspectors will check employers are keeping accurate time-and-wages sheets and providing employees sufficiently detailed pay slips within one working day of pay.

The FWO will expand its audit to checking rates of pay, including wages and penalty rates, in cases where inspectors have concerns about a particular business.

Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Michael Campbell says the Queenstown area is being targeted following information suggesting some employers in the area are paying employees cash-in-hand, which indicates they may not be complying with record-keeping and pay slip laws.

"It is important for businesses to get it right when it comes to record-keeping and pay slip obligations," Campbell says.

"If you are operating a business and not keeping proper time-and-wages records the chances are your business will have other non-compliance issues as well."

Campbell says inspectors will take an educational approach by helping employers to implement procedures to meet their obligations.

Employers in the Queenstown area are encouraged to have records available on-site during June.

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