The Fair Work Ombudsman has released a new “Record My Hours” app to enable workers to automatically record their hours of work using geofencing technology.
In essence, what happens is the worker enters the location of their workplace and the app will automatically track and record the hours that they spend in that location.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has done this to tackle a problem that they commonly encounter in investigating underpayment of wages complaints and that is the employer’s failure to maintain or produce adequate or accurate records.
Between 1 July 2016 and 31 December 2016:
- 64% of the court cases initiated by the Fair Work Ombudsman involved an element of alleged record keeping or payslip violations and
- 347 infringement notices with on the spot fines ranging from $540 to $2,700 were issued for record keeping and payslip contraventions.
Employers should ensure that they are doing the right thing with payslips and record-keeping to ensure legal compliance, minimise risks of fines and, of course, because that is all part of looking after your people.