Barossa bottoms out

Half of Barossa businesses are committing at least one breach of workplace laws, according to a report released by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

As part of a proactive campaign, Fair Work Ombudsman Inspectors assessed the time-and-wages records of 70 businesses in the Barossa and two Wells/Gawler regions, focusing on towns including Nuriootpa, Williamstown, Angaston and Lyndoch.

Inspectors found that 50 per cent of the businesses were not complying with all of their obligations under Australia’s workplace laws.

The campaign found that 30 per cent of businesses were not paying their employees correctly, while 31 per cent were not meeting pay slip and record-keeping requirements.

In response to the breaches, the Fair Work Ombudsman issued seven infringement notices (on-the-spot fines) and three formal cautions.

A total of $11,438 was recovered for 12 employees.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said it was just not good enough for half of the businesses across the region to be breaching their obligations.

“I urge all employers to make use of the wealth of information and resources we have available at to help them understand workplace requirements.

“Ignorance is no excuse when it comes to employers making sure they are doing the right thing by their workers.

“My agency will be checking in on non-compliant businesses to ensure they have rectified any issues and have processes in place to ensure compliance in the future,” she said.

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