The Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, is putting all retailers on notice when it comes to neglecting labour supply chains.

James says that “a company that cares about its reputation and recognises the growing value of that reputation in a competitive market place must take an interest in what’s going on in its labour supply chain”.

“Underpayments and non-compliance with workplace laws not only affect the workers subject to these conditions, it affects the entire retail industry, the reputation of your business and the end consumer,” says James.

“At the Fair Work Ombudsman, we are increasing our use of accessorial liability powers under the Fair Work Act 2009 as we seek to extend responsibility for breaches of workplace laws beyond the direct employer to others who have played a part in the conduct.”

“Most employers in this country want to do the right thing – that is our experience.”

“It is also our experience that those who come awry, do so because they’ve run into difficulties applying our complex system of workplace regulation.”

Australian fashion industry customers are now expecting ethical product manufacturing from overseas, and the story here at home is no different. Consumers are becoming more aware and actively avoiding brands, as well as protesting companies that profit off the back of their workers.

To read more from the Fair Work Ombudsmen’s statement, click here.

For further information on workplace laws, contact the National Retail Association and speak to one of our Workplace Advisors on 1800 RETAIL (738 245).