THIS year alone the Fair Work Ombudsman has swept a number of major cities in an effort to help thousands of workers achieve their overdue justice.
Now, the department is set to target Adelaide in its latest campaign which will see 125 businesses across the city fully audited in a random selection process over the next three months.
According to Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James, the stream of workers requesting help in the Adelaide city area is constant, which has prompted the need for scrutiny on everything from hourly rates and loadings to break allowances.
"It's important we check that workers are being paid correctly, but we also want to be proactive about ensuring employers understand their obligations," says James.
"Inspectors will make dozens of face-to-face visits to businesses during the campaign so they can offer employees tailored assistance to rectify any non-compliance issues and put processes in place to ensure they get it right in the future."
The types of businesses in the department's sights include cafes, restaurants, pubs, taverns and security services, in addition to a minimum entitlement inspection for clerical workers at superannuation and legal service companies.
An overall goal of the campaign is to not only ensure workers are being treated fairly, but to also guide employers along the right path in terms of their responsibilities.
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