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Over 40% of WA employers breaching Fair Work laws

The Fair Work Ombudsman today released the findings of a recent campaign in Western Australia's Gascoyne and Mid-West regions.

Spot checks of 118 employers last year found that:

22% were not compliant with their record-keeping and pay-slip obligations,

30% were not paying their employees correctly, and

44% were not complaint with all their workplace responsibilities.

Ten businesses were asked to back-pay a total of $107,014 to 121 of their employees who had been short-changed.

One employer had to reimburse staff $23,000.

The business received a Letter of Caution putting it on notice that future breaches of workplace laws could result in enforcement action.

The Gascoyne and Mid-West regions were selected for attention in response to persistent requests for assistance from employees.

Businesses were randomly selected in Carnarvon, Coral Bay, Exmouth, Denham, Geraldton, Meekatharra, Paraburdoo, Kalbarri and Newman.

Fair Work inspectors focused on a range of industry sectors, including agriculture, accommodation and food services.

Businesses were scrutinised to assess their compliance with minimum wage rates, overtime and weekend penalty rates, allowances, and pay-slip and record-keeping obligations.

Businesses found to be non-complaint will be re-audited as part of the Fair Work Ombudsman's National Compliance Monitoring Campaign.  

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