Fair Work inspectors to visit Gladstone

THE Fair Work ombudsman will visit businesses in Gladstone over the next few weeks to help raise awareness among employers of their obligations under federal workplace laws.

Fair Work inspectors will contact up to 225 businesses in Gladstone, Biloela, Blackwater, Emerald, Rockhampton and Yeppoon.

Fair Work ombudsman Natalie James said the aim of the trip was is to ensure employers were aware of their workplace responsibilities.

"It's important we check that workers are receiving their correct entitlements, but we also want to be pro-active about ensuring employers in this region understand their obligations," Ms James said.   

The campaign will prioritise industries which generate the most requests for assistance from employees in central Queensland - including road freight transport, accommodation, hairdressing, beauty services, security and cleaning.

Fair Work inspectors will check that employers are paying the correct minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, allowances and loadings and are providing meal breaks.

Compliance with record-keeping and pay slip obligations will also be monitored.

Ms James says inspectors will work with employers in the region to rectify any non-compliance issues and put processes in place to ensure they get it right in the future.

Employers and employees seeking assistance can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman via the website or by calling the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. 

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