Cafes across the region to be audited.
Cafes across the region to be audited. Lou O'Brien

Cafes in Byron and Nimbin targeted in Fair Work audit

THE Fair Work Ombudsman is auditing up to 1500 cafes, restaurants and catering businesses across Australia as part of a national education and compliance campaign.

Audits will be conducted right across Australia, including Byron Bay and Nimbin.

Fair Work inspectors will check businesses are paying employees their correct entitlements, including hourly rates, shift loadings and penalty rates, maintaining appropriate records and providing pay slips.

Last financial year the Fair Work Ombudsman recovered about $5000 for two cafe, restaurant and catering workers in Byron Bay and Nimbin, and $407,452 for 150 cafe, restaurant and catering workers in NSW.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said cafes, restaurants and caterers generate a large number of complaints.

"This sector employs many young and foreign workers who can be vulnerable if they are not fully aware of their workplace rights," Ms James said.

Employers or employees seeking assistance should visit www.fairwork.gov.au or contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

The website has a number of tools and resources, including PayCheck Plus and an Award Finder, to help business-owners calculate the correct pay for their employees

Free documentation is also available online for employers to use when hiring, managing and dismissing staff, including letters of engagement and probation, timesheet and pay slip templates, leave application forms and a self-audit check list.


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