By Rhiannon Riches
Fair Work Ombudsman officers will be contacting optometry employers to ensure their employees are correctly paid, as part of a new audit campaign in health care.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James has approached Optometry Australia to share information with its members about the audit campaign.
The random audit will select 600 practices from three health-care sectors: medical, allied health including optometry, and social assistance. The optometry profession will be audited from mid-January 2016.
FWO officers will be contacting optometry employers to ensure they are complying with the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010 and the General Retail Industry Award 2010.
Officers will be auditing employees’ time sheets to assess compliance against roster, break and leave requirements, and wage requirements.
More information about the Health Care and Social Assistance Campaign is available online.
For further advice, contact Optometry Australia’s workplace relations and human services hotline on 1300 101 3911300 101 391.