Fair Work

Release Date: 28/03/2018
The TCCI today accused the Fair Work Ombudsman of “headline grabbing” with its investigation of businesses on Tasmania’s East Coast.

TCCI CEO Michael Bailey said the misreporting began with Fair Work’s headline: “A third of Tasmanian south and east coast businesses put on notice”.

“Deep within its media release we find perhaps the real story – ‘The campaign found that 87 per cent of businesses were paying their employees correctly, and 80 per cent were compliant with record keeping and pay slip requirements.’,” Mr Bailey said.

“What we see is that Fair Work’s investigation uncovered several instances of small businesses making mistakes in payment to their employees, rather than premeditated rorting.

“The TCCI is fully committed to all businesses paying their employees proper wages under whichever State or Federal awards their industries are in.

“But from this investigation of 55 businesses, Fair Work has only issued two formal cautions, two infringement notices (on-the-spot fines) and one compliance notice during the campaign.”

Mr Bailey encouraged all Tasmanian businesses to ensure their employees are paid correctly.

“We know that larger businesses have HR and finance departments, but smaller and family businesses don’t.

“We would encourage small and medium businesses to ask their local chambers of commerce for advice or even join the TCCI so that we can assist them to put the correct processes in place.”
Contact: TCCI Chief Executive Michael Bailey – 0437 322 338 

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