09 August 2013FWBC releases pay & records audit report

FWBC today released the report of its National Record-Keeping, Payslip and Base Ordinary Wage Audit.

From February to May this year, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors audited 413 employers to ensure they were paying their workers correctly, issuing pay slips and keeping adequate employment records.

The audit discovered that 407 employees had been underpaid a total of $241,994. It also found 70 monetary and 88 non-monetary contraventions of workplace laws.

FWBC found that underpayments had primarily occurred because the employer:

  • referred to the wrong Modern Award or was paying rates below that outlined in the Modern Award;
  • consulted the Modern Award instead of the relevant Enterprise Agreement and/or
  • failed to pay adequate allowances including overtime, loading and meals.

FWBC Director Val Gostencnik noted that most employers had a solid understanding of their obligations, and were cooperative with Inspectors.

“Any business owners who are not sure which award or agreement applies when paying staff, or unclear of any of their other wages and entitlements obligations should always make contact with FWBC,” Mr Gostencnik said.

“Our inspectors are always willing to provide guidance. Clearing things up in advance could save building and construction businesses tens of thousands of dollars in back-payments.

“The FWBC website also features educative resources about employers’ obligations and templates to assist employers to manager their business.”

State-based results were as follows:

  • VIC: FWBC conducted 96 audits and recovered $14,407 for 89 employees
  • NSW: FWBC conducted 99 audits and recovered $57,976 for 115 workers
  • QLD: FWBC conducted 80 audits and recovered $47,593 for 132 employees
  • WA: FWBC conducted 58 audits and recovered $99,474 for 56 employees
  • SA: FWBC conducted 39 audits and recovered $17,119 for 14 employees
  • NT: conducted 11 audits and recovered $5,423 for one employee
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