Regional fast food outlets targeted in fair pay crackdown
A NATIONAL audit of 600 fast food outlets will target regional towns around the country when it begins this month.
The audit, by the Fair Work Ombudsman, will check employers in the fast food industry are paying their workers properly and focus on entitlements, penalty rates and record-keeping.
Among the areas to come under the audit spotlight will be the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and Lismore.
Ombudsman Natalie James said the fast food industry was being targeted because it employed a large number of young workers and generated lots of complaints to her office.
"Young workers can be vulnerable if they aren't aware of their workplace rights or are reluctant to complain, so it's important we are pro-active about checking they are receiving their full lawful entitlements," she said.
The campaign began last year, with the FWO writing to more than 7000 fast food operators around the country in October. It forms part of a wider three-year campaign examining wages and conditions across the hospitality industry.
Employers and workers can find more information about their rights and responsibilities at fairwork.gov.au or phone the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.