UPDATE ON THE CONCLUSION OF FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN vs OZSTAFF October 2016


Following our last statement in August 2016, we advise that the matter initiated by the Fair Work Ombudsman(FWO), dating back to 2012, against the hospitality division of an OzStaff company and two managers for unauthorized deductions, and inaccurate records for ten employees, has reached a conclusion. Fines of $9,920 and $14,960 have been imposed by the Federal Circuit Court.

We can also report that Ozstaff has met all requests made by the FWO and, the court acknowledged that full rectification had taken place.
In addition to voluntarily reimbursing all affected employees by 2014, we have undertaken an in depth review of all our compliance and corporate governance practices, which the court also recognized.
Steps we have undertaken include;

* the development of rigorous policies, business systems, agreements and codes of practice, that meet or exceed all industry standards 


* the appointment of a qualified officer to oversee compliance and staff training 


* the engagement of external, independent auditors to provide annual reports on the company’s compliance obligations. 
We deeply regret the errors made in 2012 and appreciate the guidance provided by the FWO and our advisors, the dedication and tireless work by our staff, and the ongoing support of all our valued clients that have helped us meet and overcome this challenge. 
We are pleased to confirm that OzStaff is positioned to confidently forge a pathway into the future. We are committed to being the industry benchmark for how we deal with and engage all our clients, employees, and those we work with. This includes risk management systems coupled with robust insurance coverage that is second to none. 
If you require any additional information.

please feel free to contact our compliance team on 1300 OZSTAFF or compliance@ozstaff.com. 



                                                                                                                                                


UPDATE ON THE FINAL STAGE OF

FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN vs OZSTAFF August 2016


As we approach the penalty stage and conclusion of the case before the Federal Circuit Court in relation to the Fair Work Ombudsman vs OzStaff, we would like to provide you with an update about what happened and the steps we have taken to protect our clients, staff and people we work with.


What Happened?


This matter dates back to an audit by the Ombudsman initially in 2012, that ultimately led to a finding earlier this year, that the hospitality division of an earlier OzStaff company and two of its managers had been responsible for unauthorized deductions from employee wages, and for having provided inaccurate reports to the Ombudsman in February 2012.


Unauthorized deductions


Deductions were made at one of our client sites, from casual cleaners who were taking unauthorized, free meals from a client canteen. This was despite being told not to on several occasions, on pain of having their meal costs deducted from wages. This had also been outlined in notices to staff. Employees at the sites also had a weekly administration fee deducted from wages.
In all cases, both deductions were stated on employee payslips. Although some staff had once been given agreements dealing with deductions, this was not consistent.


Whatever view might be taken of the meals, the Ombudsman has stated that deductions must be in writing, and to an employee’s benefit, and that as a result the deductions were not authorized. OzStaff has accepted that position, and has willingly taken those requirements on board.


Inaccurate reports


The company responded to a series of requests from the Ombudsman from February 2012 to March 2013, for a wide number of records and payslips. With the exception of an initial set of documents given in 2012, all other documents provided were accurate. An updated set of documents was provided in May 2013 correcting the first set provided the year before.
Throughout this process the company met with and has been in regular contact with the Ombudsman to explain its position, the deductions and how staff were engaged.


How we responded


The Ombudsman has acknowledged that the company and its representatives had been cooperative. The company voluntarily reimbursed all affected employees by 2014. This included conducting lengthy searches to locate some employees who had left the business and settled interstate.


Corrective Action


OzStaff has undertaken a comprehensive review of our compliance and corporate governance practices. We are committed to being the industry benchmark for how we deal with and engage all our clients, employees, and those we work with.
Over the past four years we have developed rigorous policies, business systems, agreements and codes of practice, that meet or exceed all industry standards in the markets in which we work. Our risk management systems coupled with robust insurance coverage are now second to none.


Along with the appointment of a qualified officer to oversee compliance and staff training, we have appointed external, independent auditors to provide annual reports on the company’s compliance obligations, with a particular focus on finance, Safety, HR and employment practices.


Our objective is to provide the industry’s best level employment practices.


What’s next


This matter will conclude with a final hearing on the 26 th August 2016, after which the Court will make final orders. A further statement will be issued at the conclusion of the process.


For More Information


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Compliance Team at compliance@ozstaff.com or call us on 1300 OzStaff.

                                                                                                                                                  

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OUR 24hour operations team, manned by experienced and qualified Human Resource personnel specialising in staff attendance matters will attend to every detail! Whether it’s staff calling in sick or becoming unavailable, calling staff to confirm arrival for shifts, confirming availability or arranging replacement staff.

The Checkstart team will take care of all matters relating to attendance to ensure that the business’s operational performance isn't compromised due to lack of staff attendance. Our team will contact each Ozstaff employee one hour before the shift start time to remind and confirm their attendance.

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OzStaff HR Solutions can take care of everything and has been specifically designed so that Business Managers can focus on the growth of their core business without being distracted with the day to day staffing issues. Ozstaff Human Resources Solutions is headed by a team of experienced HR professionals.

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New Dandenong Office

THE Ozstaff Head office has had a facelift coming into the New Year! Moving into our new location, 23 Robinson Street Dandenong.

A new look, modern feel and a coherent flow will allow for Ozstaff employees, clients and candidates to have the best possible Ozstaff experience. With the new Head office just a 5 Minute walk away from the existing office, the same faces and same community feel will be resonated in the new building.

With MWT Institute occupying the downstairs facility – the candidates involved in the Job Ready Program can experience a career development course without having to leave the Ozstaff branch. This will allow for a more consolidated experience between Ozstaff and MWT.

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Ozstaff branches into Sydney

WITH the New Year behind us, Ozstaff is excited to announce that we have opened a branch in Sydney to extend our reach to a greater pool of clients.

Based in Wetherill Park, Ozstaff intends to provide the same dynamic impact as it has within the Victorian region.

Headed by our experienced Sales and Marketing Manager, Areta Young, not only does our Sydney team have expertise in recruitment but there they are also excited and motivated to hit the ground running. This will allow clients and candidates to experience the same successful and professional work that Ozstaff produces in Melbourne.

With a new area comes new opportunities and Ozstaff is looking forward to a successful 2015 in Sydney.





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Osman has been a valuable member of the ozstaff workforce since 2011, working with our major clients as a Storeman/Forklift driver.

During his time with OzStaff, Osman has displayed an exceptional work ethic, combined with a great attitude & commitment to every assignment. The feedback from our clients is always positive in relation to his performance, skill and ability to adapt to any environment.

The way in which Osman represents himself and OzStaff is exceptional, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for a job well done.

Keep up the great work Osman!





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The Ozstaff Bean Machines

They are here! The Ozstaff Bean Machines, better known as HOTSHOTS have been launched this month revved up and powered by Ozstaff. Made to order with much of the standard equipment replaced by specially sourced and imported state of the art equipment from the US and Italy, in order to meet our very special requirements for quality and something different.

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