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New app, heavier penalties reinforce record-keeping as core business

Dear editors

Please see attached an opinion column authored by Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James on the need for employers to ensure they are meeting their obligations under the law in relation to record-keeping.

We appreciate your consideration of this column.

If you have any queries please contact Mark Lee, Fair Work Ombudsman Media Director, on 03 9954 2978.


It’s time for business to get serious when it comes to keeping records on the hours and wages of their staff.

This is an important issue. The courts have shown this by penalising companies who fail to meet their legal record-keeping obligations and the Government has shown how seriously it takes this matter by putting forward legislation which would see increased penalties for those who continue to flout the law.  

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