Equal Pay Act 1972
Commenced: 20 Oct 1972
Powers of Inspectors
16. Powers of Inspectors---(1) For the purposes of this Act, every
Inspector shall have, in addition to any powers conferred by this Act,
all the powers that he has under the [Industrial Relations Act 1973].
(2) For the purposes of this Act, and without limiting the provisions
of subsection (1) of this section, an Inspector shall have and may
exercise the following powers:
(a) To enter during ordinary working or business hours any building,
office, or place where an employee is employed or where any
business of an employer is transacted or any records of an
employer (including any records referred to in section 17 of
this Act) are kept:
(b) To require the employer, or, where the employer is a corporate
body, any officer or employee of the employer, to produce any
such records, and to verify any entries in the records of
matters concerning employees of the employer:
(c) To examine any such records, to ask questions of any person
concerning any such records or concerning any other matters
relating to the employment of any person, and to require an
employer, or, where the employer is a body corporate, any
officer or employee of the employer, to verify any entries in
any such records by statutory declaration or in such other
manner and form as may be prescribed.
(3) No person shall be required to answer any question tending to
incriminate himself put to him by an Inspector pursuant to this section.
(4) Except for the purposes of this Act and the performance or
exercise of his functions and powers under this Act, an Inspector shall
not disclose to any person any information that he acquires in the
performance or exercise of his functions or powers.
In subs. (1) the reference to the Industrial Relations Act 1973
was substituted for a reference to the Industrial Conciliation and
Arbitration Act 1954 by s. 234 (2) (a) of the Industrial Relations
Act 1973. See s. 1 (2) of that Act.