Spotlight on cafes

The campaign includes audits on up to 1500 hospitality businesses across Australia and Mandurah was listed as one of the places Fair Work inspectors have their sights on.

Inspectors plan to check businesses are paying employees their minimum entitlements, including hourly rates, shift loadings and penalty rates, maintaining appropriate records and providing pay slips.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said cafes, restaurants and caterers generate a large number of complaints and, as part of the broader accommodation and food services sector is consistently in the top three industries that generates complaints.

‘This sector employs many young and foreign workers who can be vulnerable if they are not fully aware of their workplace rights,’ she said.

‘While it’s important we ensure workers are receiving their full entitlements, we’ll also work with industry bodies and individual businesses to ensure employers are aware of their obligations and meet them.’

As part of the campaign, the Fair Work Ombudsman has written to more than 36,000 employers in the sector to highlight the free resources at www.fairwork.gov. au/hospitality to help them understand and comply with workplace laws.