Albury-Wodonga 'on notice' with underpay blitz

Businesses in Albury-Wodonga "on notice" as Fair Work Ombudsman launches blitz on underpaying companies

September 11, 2009

Businesses in Albury and Wodonga have been "put on notice" by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) as a team of 20 inspectors prepare to arrive in the district for two days next week.

FWO Executive Director Michael Campbell says his staff will arrive unexpectedly at various businesses to inspect documents relating to worker pay on September 16 and 17.

"Our inspectors will check time and wages sheets, payslips and other records," Campbell says.

"We are very serious about our job of building knowledge and fairer workplaces and campaigns such as that we have planned for Albury-Wodonga next week help us to ensure the community understands its rights and obligations."

Campbell says a full audit may be launched on any businesses and their owners found guilty of underpaying staff, with a maximum fine possible of $33,000.

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