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Tassie bookkeepers put on notice

Close to a third of Tasmanian businesses on the south and east coasts have been put on notice by the Fair Work Ombudsman, with record keeping and pay slip issues chief amongst upcoming surveillance activity.

Bookkeeper Reporter 28 March 2018
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The Fair Work Ombudsman’s audit of time and wage record of 55 businesses across Orford, Triabunna, Swansea, Bicheno, and Scamander found that one in five businesses failed to comply with bookkeeping and pay slip requirements.


Additionally, 13 per cent of businesses were found to be not paying their employees correctly.

Significantly, all businesses found to be non-compliant were small businesses of less than 15 employees.

As a result of the campaign, $9,580 was recovered for 11 employees, with individual recovery amounts ranging from $111 to $3,835.

Fair Work inspectors issued two formal cautions, two infringement notices (on-the-spot fines) and one compliance notice during the campaign.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said the compliance campaign should serve as a reminder to the region and businesses that future breaches would not be tolerated

“There has never been more freely available information to assist employers to understand and comply with their workplace obligations,” Ms James said.

“Businesses should be aware that ignorance is not an excuse and breaches of workplace law may attract enforcement action.”

The FWO’s campaign follows a previous inquiry into cleaning contractors engaged by Woolworth’s Tasmanian supermarket sites, which found that 84 per cent had “abysmal” bookkeeping records.

Tassie bookkeepers put on notice
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