Findings from a recent proactive education and compliance campaign focused on enterprise agreements in Western Australia were released last week. Fair Work inspectors visited 49 employers in Perth, Bunbury, Albany and the Pilbara in the retail, fast food and wine industries to assess the compliance of businesses with approved, registered agreements.
While 84% were compliant with their record-keeping and pay-slip obligations and 78% were paying the correct wages and entitlements to their employees, the campaign recovered $43,100 for 574 employees who were found to have been underpaid.
Most of this was attributed to one company, Australian Fast Foods Pty Ltd, which had underpaid 457 of its employees a total of $35,202. The company, which operates the Chicken Treat brand, subsequently entered into a Proactive Compliance Deed with the Fair Work.
“We found nearly two-thirds of employers were compliant with all of their obligations and nearly four out of five were paying their staff correctly,” Ms James said.
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